"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations. Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him" (James 1: 2-5 KJV).
How many times have we wished that life could be a little easier? If only we had a bit more money or perhaps we hope people would be more agreeable. However, in James we are urged to experience joy in the difficulties of life.
Make no mistake. God desires to give good gifts to his children. More than that, though, he wants a vibrant, close relationship with us. During hardships our character is built. God uses such times to build patience and perseverance in us. We draw closer to him as we grow in his grace.
If you are going through difficult times look for what God wants you to learn. Thank him for the opportunity set before you. Look forward to a closer, more intimate walk with your Creator.