2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. – James 1:2-4 ESV
James, the brother of Jesus is writing to a church that is facing persecution and poverty. In the midst of these trials he calls on them to remain steady and to persevere. The result of their perseverance will develop maturity in their faith.
In the Christian life there is no guarantee there will not be periods of suffering and struggles. It is in those times that our faith is tested and purified. God uses those times of struggle to strengthen us and to encourage us to lean more into Him. The result is a greater trust in Him and a strength to persevere.
Lord, strengthen us for the trials and struggles of life so that we may grow in our trust and faith.