To be honest, it’s difficult to see trials as beneficial from a human perspective. Trials bring thoughts and memories of difficulty, struggle, and frustration. Yet, God uses trials to test and strengthen us. Trials are also opportunities for us to gain wisdom. God never promises to take away our trials. He never promises to make difficulties easier to digest. He never promises to shorten them for our sake. Yet, He does make a bold promise in James 1:5. He promises to give us wisdom if we ask. He promises to give it “generously and without reproach.” Every so often, we meet people who are willing to give generously. They are willing to give us as much as we need or want. They also do without hesitation. “How much do you need?” they ask. When we reply with “a thank you,” their response is, “Anytime. Just let me know.” This is how God is with wisdom during trials. “How much do you need? Anytime. Just let me know.” Instead of asking for a way out, it would be to our benefit to ask for wisdom.