I don't know about you, but when I'm going through a trial or test, "joy" is not the first word that comes to mind. I'm more likely to think that once I get through the difficulty, I can throw my hands up in the air and say, "Finally, I can have some joy! It's over." But the Scripture doesn't say that. Rather, it says, "Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance" (James 1:2–3).
Our trials are never meant to decrease us; they are meant to increase us. They are not meant to tear our faith down but to build our faith up and produce perseverance in us. The key is to count or consider it all joy when we face the trial. We don't find joy in the trial or pain. We are to find joy in the God who is the source of all strength, the God who is in control of it all.
To "consider it all joy" tells me that when I'm walking through a difficulty, I have a choice. I can consider it joy or consider it hardship, and if I consider it hardship, difficulty and misery, I'm going to begin to complain and lose any joy I have. But when I consider the God who has all power, the Almighty God who has allowed me to face this trial, I know that He can use it to bring something good into my life. My decision then becomes to discover the good, not the bad, and to joyfully endure the trial.
Are you saying, "God, help me find Your strength, be my source," or are you trying to do it on your own? When we do it on our own, we struggle, but when we count it all joy and tap into God, we find our source of strength. Yes, we have willpower and we all want to use it, but when you're facing a difficulty, it's going to take more than your willpower. It's going to take God's power to bring you to the places that He wants to take you.