James encourages believers to “consider it pure joy” when they face all kinds of trials and difficulties. What possible benefit could God have for introducing or allowing trials in our lives? This is the question we endeavor to answer today. Trials can reveal the maturity of our faith. They can refine and strengthen us. Trials can wean us from dependence on worldly things. And more. If God’s goal for His children is maturity and completeness, trials will always be part of our story.
In James 1:22, the author gave his readers a thesis that is repeated throughout the epistle and appears in one way or another throughout Scripture: “Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”