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Yet James says we are to consider it joy when we encounter trials.

He’s not saying that we should be


happy about the suffering we face; rather, we should rejoice in what the Lord does in our lives through
hardship. All those circumstances we dread are the means God uses to bring us to spiritual maturity, and
the only way to get to the good is to endure what seems bad from our perspective.

Think of an athlete who trains for a