When trials come into your life, do you grumble and complain? Or do you respond the way God desires, with a joyful attitude, a humble and submissive heart and an understanding of what He wants to accomplish in your life.
Sometimes people think that after they accept Jesus, their life will be a bed of roses, comfortable and stress free. However, that is not a promise of the scriptures. Jesus said that in this world, we would have trouble. (John 16:33) I Peter 4:12 says not to be surprised at the fiery ordeals that come upon us for our testing.
James’s command is to consider trials as “all joy” (James 1:2) makes no sense unless we see them as opportunities for spiritual growth. Trials are designed by the Lord to test our faith. We can waste or strength by defiantly resisting or benefit by trusting God through our trials. The first way leads only to suffering, but the second option results in spiritual maturity and increased trust in God.