James 1:2-4 (AMP)
2 Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations.
3 Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.
4 But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.
We don’t need to be joyful because we are going through hard times but we need to be joyful because we know what we get out of our trials. When we have hard times, we grow. We need to pray for whatever it is we are going through we endure it with good temper. Trials can bring things out in as that we don’t realize we have – like patience. As we go through a trial our patience is developing.
Patience is one of the most challenging things, especially for people with a personality type like I have. It’s almost impossible to have peace without patience and self-control. God doesn’t always deliver us quickly, most of the time we are delivered from our trials little by little.
Trials will develop your character. God allows difficult circumstances in our lives so our character will be further developed. If God delivered us immediately from bad circumstances in our lives then we would never learn anything. God will use the circumstances we have to teach us to be a mature Christian. Most the things we learn about life and relationship with God, we learn in our hard times.
When we come to the point we are fully patient then we are lacking nothing and what can people or the Devil do to you if you don’t get upset? We need to outlast the Devil and add patience to every aspect of our lives.
Instead of dreading where we are in our trial, decide to enjoy where you are at on the way to where you are going. Everything in life does not need to be perfect in order to enjoy it. If you wait for your circumstances to change to have joy then you may never be happy. We will always have trials in our lives.
Stand firm in your faith and know that regardless of your circumstances, God is working in your life!