My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:2-4
These verses go against the flesh. We don’t naturally respond to trials with joy, therefore we must intentionally rejoice in trials.
The Bing Dictionary defines intention as, “quality of purposefulness: the quality or state of having a purpose in mind.” When faced with trials, we have to deny our natural response and keep our purpose in mind, which is to rejoice in all circumstances, glorifying God in everything. We have to choose to remain positive and shine Jesus’ light, even in the toughest circumstances.
Resist him[the devil], steadfast in faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 1 Peter 5:9
God brings trials into our lives to prove or increase our faith and to show our validity. How we respond to trials is very important to those around us, particularly non-believers. The world is watching and we must represent a spirit of love. If we respond negatively to a test, it becomes temptation or opens us up to evil. Therefore, we must respond with joy and thanksgiving.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
Trials in our lives strengthen our character and our relationship with Him. A Christian who endures trials of faith is rewarded with a greater trust in and closer intimacy with Christ.
May the God of all grace, who called us to eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 1 Peter 5:10