James 1:2-3 teaches us that we should rejoice in difficult situations, knowing that through them God tests our faith to bring out patience. Trials do eventually produce patience, but first they bring all kinds of junk to the surface such as pride, anger, rebellion, resentment, self-pity, and complaining. We need to face and deal with these ungodly traits before patience can come forth.
The Bible talks about purification, sanctification, sacrifice, and suffering. These are not popular words; nevertheless, if we are to be Christlike in character, we must sometimes go through difficult circumstances to learn His ways. We most definitely may struggle at times with the process of being made into His image, and will often want God to do things our way. But, we must realize that He is not going to do things our way because His ways and His thoughts are not like our (Isaiah 55:8). The extent of your process is all in your attitude during the process.
Suffering is one of the most difficult things to understand in life and in Christianity. We know that God is good and we know that He sees everything and is all powerful, but why does He allow us to suffer, especially unjustly? This question has been asked by millions throughout the ages: “Why, God? Why?” God does not delight in our suffering, but He is honored and pleased when we endure it with a good attitude.
"For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God” – 1 Peter 2:19-20
Trust requires unanswered questions. If we knew all the answers, then faith would not even be necessary. Some people become angry at God when tragedy or extreme difficulty comes their way. This is the worst thing that anyone can do because He is the only One Who can help us.
God gave His only Son and allowed Him to go through unspeakable suffering that He did not deserve, and He did it for us. There are times when we go through things that God intends to use for our good and His glory, and for the good of others at a later date in our lives.
“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy” – 1 Peter 4:12-13.
The true test of faith is how we behave during trials and tribulations, especially ones we feel are totally unfair. Peter said that fiery ordeals will come to test the quality of our faith and that we are not to be amazed and bewildered. Instead of being concerned with why you suffer, just make a decision to go through it with a good attitude and you will see God work everything together for good (Romans 8:28).