The Apostle James is primarily writing to encourage a church that is going through a tough time – “various trials” as the King James records it. Are you going through “various” trials? If so, this letter is also written for you. What James has to say in these verses goes beyond simplistic, “feel good” platitudes. God’s servant is grounded in a reality that puts our trials into their proper perspective. When it comes to trials, small or great, a reminder of what is true is very important.