“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4 NIV
Seriously? You want me to consider it a joy to face trials? How can this be? It is possible because we can take confidence in knowing that with each trial we face, we become a little stronger. God wants to prepare us for life here and in eternity by developing mature, Christ-like character in us. Consider this joy–God loves you and wants you to maintain peace of mind in the storm, and contentment of heart in the midst of crisis, knowing that He has your best interest at heart.