God uses trials to condition our hearts for holiness and to increase our spiritual maturity.

When difficulties come into your life, do you grumble, complain, or resist? Or do you respond the way God desires – with a joyful attitude, a humble and submissive heart, and a understanding of when He wants to accomplish in your life? Okay, no-one is joyful about a trial in their life. But, God puts us all through trials and tests and it’s difficult no matter what it is big or small.

Sometimes people mistakenly think that after they are saved God is going to make life comfortable and stress free, but that’s not what it’s all about, Jesus said that in this world we would have troubles and tribulations. Peter told us not to be surprised at the fiery ordeals that come upon us for our testing. (Peter 4:12). The writer of Hebrews said that our Heavenly Father disciplines and trains us as His beloved children so that we may share in His holiness. (Hebrews 12:4-11)

James’s command was to consider all trials as joy (James 1:2) which makes no sense unless we see them opportunities for spiritual growth. Trials are designed by the Lord to test our faith, humility. Submission, and values. We can either waste our difficulties by resisting God or benefit by trusting in and depending on Him. The first way leads to suffering, but the second way results in spiritual maturity and eternal rewards.