The book of James is one of the most hard-hitting, practical and challenging books in all of Scripture. It was very likely penned by the younger half-brother of Jesus who rejected his big bro until after the resurrection. From that point forward, James became a ferocious follower of Jesus and a pillar in the Jerusalem church. He’s writing this letter to believers who have been scattered because of persecution and are suffering the immense weight of trials, pain, difficulty and temptation. He opens the letter by encouraging them to count their trials as joy, knowing that God is at work accomplishing great things in their lives through their trials. He challenges them to endure to the end, while asking God for wisdom in the storms of life, knowing that He’s a good God who wants the very best for His children.