My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have it`s perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
I read a story of a man who found himself shipwrecked on an uninhabited island. He painstakingly built himself a small hut for his protection from the elements where he could keep the few items he managed to recover from the wreckage. For weeks this man lived in his little hut, surviving the hot days and the cold nights, praying that he would be found, praying that a ship would come. But none came.
One day he was out looking for some food, and when he returned he was shocked to find that his little hut had caught fire and burned to the ground. He couldn't believe his bad fortune when he went to sleep that night.
But when he woke up the next morning, there was a ship anchored at his small island. The captain of the ship told him, “We saw your smoke signal, and we came to rescue you.”
What seemed to this man a disaster, losing his hut, actually turned out for his good.
We too often find ourselves in difficult situations, sometimes due to our own fault, but there are times when storms come simply to test our faith. Job is a good example of this, he was doing nothing wrong when all those calamities befell him!
Abraham had to be willing to surrender his own son in obedience to God.
God allows suffering through trials to bring about change in our lives.
1 Peter 4:12-14
Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.
1 Peter 1:6-7
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honour, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.