The Word of God tells us that we can consider all the troubles we endure, as Christians, joy. I don't know about you, but that sounds rather strange to me. When trials come joy is not the first thought that comes to my mind. Usually there is worry about the future, doubting about success, and fear of more trouble on the way. But James says that we can count it all joy. From the foolishness on your job, relationship problems, financial troubles, and all the rest; God tells you to consider it all joy, But why?
Trials come to make you stronger. Nothing tests your faith, patience, and strength like trouble. Your dependency on God as well your awareness of how much that dependency is needed grows when life is the roughest. The joy in your trial should come from knowing what is ahead for you if you stay faithful to Christ. Christ allows us to suffer so that we may identify with Him. We draw nearer to Him in our pain and we depend on His Spirit. As you seek Him more the fruit of the Spirit will flourish in your life. Count it all joy because God is making you better than ever!