“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
“knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience” (James 1:2-3).
Writing to give encouragement and correction, James, the brother of the Lord, sends this message to spiritual Israel—that is, Jews who have been converted to Christianity.
This book actually contains practical teaching for Christians as they deal with the realities of life: James recognizes that the people to whom he is writing are humans who are tested and sometimes stumble spiritually along the way. But he gives them hope by encouraging them to be joyful in the Lord and to endure patiently whatever comes their way.
Exhortation like this is appropriate for Christians in every Age. Who does not endure testing? Who does not become discouraged from time to time? Who does not stumble? The answer is: we all do. James says we are to endure with patience and allow our trials to be stepping stones for an even stronger faith.