What is your typical response when you face various trials in your life? The church to which James wrote was facing trials. We may ask, what are the trials and what are their purpose? James says the trials can be various and they test our faith. God uses these trials to mature our faith and sanctify us, much like a silversmith refines silver until it is considered tested and pure. James says that our response in trials ought to be to ask God for wisdom through prayer and God will give it, because his character is a generous giver. Trials will not last forever, so it is important to persevere through them, because to the one who does they will receive the crown of life.