My personal belief is God uses trials as way of strengthen us and drawing us closer to him. Apostle Paul story is prime example of it. Paul went though many trials in his life and he took pride in his suffering. He had this great understanding about them. The more I read from him the more I am just amazed. Some verses to explain what I mean.
Romans 5:1-5 (NKJV) "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have[a] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us."
Here Paul saying that God uses trials to strength us and mold us for what he want us to be. He has a purpose for us, and he prepares us though the spirit to go where he want us to go. There are times he is going call us into a ocean like Jesus called Peter. We may not want to go, however if we go God is going bring us something. Sometimes it is a blessing, sometimes a deepen of faith, sometimes it is to give a deeper understanding. Storms mold us though grace into his perfection.
Paul has this real beautiful moment, where he states everything he lost is in gain of Christ. Paul was man who brought Jesus to Gentiles when God called him to do so. There was nights he spent in jail for his belief and in his end he had his head cut off. However though suffering the gentiles heard the message of Christ. Though his blood,sweat, and tears thousands of people have come to Christ. People are still coming to Christ of his work. Paul's life for Christ has made one of the biggest impacts on history.
Paul also says something where he question God him self. Paul had something he was struggling with that he called his thorn in his side. Gods words to him were this: "The Thorn in the Flesh 7 And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinithians 7-10 (NKJV)
God uses storms to teach us things and strengthen us. The Old Testament is full of them, and the new Testament explains and full of them as well. He works though these things teach us and draw close to him. Sometimes he has goes though something, to help someone down the road who goes though the same thing. Sometimes he has go though things to become leaders. Sometimes he uses them have us grow closer and surrender to him. I hope this explain some of this to you guys. If you guys want more, I can go more in depth guys. I will leave you with this. James 1:5 (NKJV) "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him."
God is more then willing to help us if we surrender our issues to him.