James 1:2-4 (NLT)
2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

James, the half brother of Jesus, says things which cause you trouble in life should be considered an opportunity to find great joy. The trials and temptations may be numerous and varied so it is up to us to put on the armor of God to protect ourselves. And like any soldier when his combat skills are put to the test and he survives, he grows in the wisdom that he can endure adversity. We may also grow in our confidence of God as we win each battle that comes towards us.

There are some people in this world who have a dreaded fear of things, such as spiders, driving, dogs, heights, etc. One approach a doctor will use to help calm these fears is to introduce the person slowly over a period of time to the object that frightens them. As they build confidence there is nothing to fear they can approach their phobia more secure and sure of themselves. One lady who was scared of spiders inched closer every day with the encouragement of her doctor until she could be within a close range of a tarantula. Finally she was able to pick up the tarantula and hold it in her hand. In a similar way God allows trials and temptations to enter our life. God never gives us more than we can endure and He is there with us helping us through each trial and temptation. He gently guides and leads us so that we might not bear the burdens alone. The more confident we become we are able to take on more difficult situations and even help others through their storms in life. Pray that you might develop full, perfect and complete in the Lord. Pray for joy even in the midst of difficulties know the Lord is building your character.