In "Doctrinal Discussion" Glenn McClure writes:

We often refer to trials and tribulations as “storms” because they come upon us suddenly and overshadow our lives with devastation. It is not always easy to understand why they come, but we know that they do come. We soon learn that we must face them squarely and deal with each one properly. We should keep in mind, however, that trials are for our benefit, not our destruction.

He then lists three benefits of trials:

  1. Trials refine our character.
  2. Trials refire our commitment.
  3. Trials refresh our confidence.

Discussion: How have you experienced these benefits of trials in your own life?
Source: Miracles of Jesus: Adult Teacher's Insights, pages 61-62.