We can understand why we have trials and afflictions by reading the Word of God. We can relate to the experiences of the writers of the Psalms, who went through great trials and were strengthened in the process. The writer of Psalm 119 confessed that “before I was afflicted, I went astray: but now I have kept thy word” (verse 67). And who hasn’t received encouragement from the book of Job?
"So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God."