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What is it that really tests our faith? I wonder if you know? It’s got to be trials hasn’t it? James starts his letter “consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds”. We all know it’s easy to believe in God when things are going well, it’s another thing to have faith when our lives are falling apart and we’re in real pain. So, how do we get through our trials with our faith intact? It’s not by burying our feelings, James doesn’t tell us to “feel pure joy”. He says “consider it pure joy”. In other words James wants us to have a new perspective. Unlike many in the world today James understands that our life’s purpose isn’t to be as happy as we can for as long as we can; it’s to serve others and grow more like Christ each day. So considering our trials pure joy means seeing the ways in which they help us to fulfill that purpose. And yet, still, if we’re honest fresh perspectives on their own aren’t enough to get us through tough times, are they? So James 1:1-8 is also about the one we face our trials with, the giving God who above all gives us wisdom. James’ main point is this we can face hard times when we know they’re coming, know their purpose and know who helps us through them.