Look up 1 Peter 1:6-7 and James 1:2-4. Painful things or “temptations,” as the wording appears in these previous verses, happen to everyone. As a Christian, we now understand that hard times have a purpose. These events can be recognized as God’s tool to build us and help us grow in Christ. When we endure a trial and maintain our faith in the Lord, it will reveal that our faith is genuine. The testing of our faith leads us to a deeper relationship with and greater trust in Jesus Christ.