James tells us to “count it all joy when you fall into various trials” (Jas. 1:2).
Why would anyone be happy about a trial? Wouldn’t life be better if we never had any troubles? The answer is no.
The fact is life without hardships and difficulties would rob us of essential character building opportunities.
When we have trials, we have an occasion to grow. Specifically, James says, “the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing” (Jas. 1:3, 4). An athlete must undergo trials (training) to perfect his skill and increase his strength. Without the hard work and challenges experienced in practice, the athlete would not stand a chance when in competition.