James 1:2-4, NIV: Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

You may wonder how James could tell us to consider it joy to face suffering. It is because we can take confidence in knowing that with each cleansing time we face, we become a little stronger, a little more content and a little more ready to face what life may dish out. God wants to prepare us for whatever extremes we might face. When one day it seems that everything is going our way and the next we face our worse day ever, God does not want us to shatter--but to remain in tact. Consider this joy--God loves you and wants you to maintain peace of mind in the storm, and contentment of heart in the midst of crisis, knowing that He has your best interest at heart.