Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope…
There seems to be a distinct pattern here: Suffering, Endurance, Character, and Hope. God has a purpose for every trial we go through. At first, you can feel as if you’re being punished. You learn that God may be doing something, so you develope patience. You begin to see how God is using the trial to reveal Himself as your faith grows. As the end of the trial seems to be in sight, you start to feel hope. You see that the suffering had a purpose and God has been glorified.