Main point summary
Consider your trials as reason for joy, because God is making you perfect, complete and steadfast through them.
e Count it all joy, my brothers, 1
Brothers, consider everything as joy
when you meet trials f of various kinds,
when you experience hardships of different kinds,
for you know
because you know this:
that g the testing of your faith h produces steadfastness.
namely, that as your faith is put to the test, endurance is produced in you.
And let steadfastness have its full effect,
Futhermore , let your endurance effect you fully as it's intended,
that you may be i perfect and complete,
in order that you might have everything necessary for completeness,
lacking in nothing.
in other words , that there would be nothing missing in your character and reflection of Christ's own image.
The Apostle Peter said in 1 Peter 5:8: "Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour." These words might cause one to be fearful or anxious if they are isolated and read on their own. However, not only does Peter give reason to hope later on in verse 10, "the God of all grace...will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen and establish you," but we also are encouraged as we read Jame's exhortation. Here James is quite frank: you're going to face trials in this life–but without leaving us there, where we might resort to self-pity, he takes hold of our hand and lifts us to our feet with this powerful, strength-giving, grace-filled truth: the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. God is at work in our lives, deeply, relentlessly and purposefully–and yes, in every trial! God means for us to be perfect and complete in Him. He is conforming us to the image of His Son Jesus. He is continually sanctifying us–all so that we might be found steadfast when we see Him face to face. These trials we face in our day to day lives are very means by which God is making our endurance to the end...possible. If that is not reason to rejoice, I don't know what is.