Trials—and the stress they bring—are predictable: all of us will encounter them. But stress from trials can also be problematic, in fact, it can be one of your worst enemies. It has ruined many lives and relationships. Stress hurts.
James directs us to consider, various, or many kinds of trials, to be—pure joy.
Stress! Perhaps no other word is used as much to describe the culprit, the scapegoat, the excuses of modern man. Many of the problems in our lives and with our health seem to relate to this stress factor.
James is writing to those Christians who have been scattered abroad because of persecution that began in Jerusalem and they know stress!