Zech 13:9 And I will put this third into the fire, and refine them as one refines silver, and test them as gold is tested. They will call upon my name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘They are my people’; and they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’”
Surely if it’s the work of God, it is for the best possible purpose. That’s a good reason to find joy in your struggles. Actually, Jas 1:3 answers the question quite nicely without the help of Zechariah, although Zech 13:9 illustrates with poetic beauty what perseverance, patience, or steadfastness is really all about.
This post is an excerpt (Question 3.1) from my book Ask James one.