James 1:2 NIV
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds
At one point in Moses’ life he prayed that if God really loved him then God would kill him as a show of compassion (Numbers 11:15). Moses had enough of the whining and complaining of the people that God asked him to lead.
Numbers 11:14-15 NIV
14 I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me. 15 If this is how you are going to treat me, please go ahead and kill me—if I have found favor in your eyes—and do not let me face my own ruin.
Paul suffered many trials at the hand of man:
2 Corinthians 11:23-29
23 Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. 24 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, 26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. 27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. 28 Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn?
Beyond that he suffered some type of trial by the permission of God. Paul called it a messenger of Satan and begged God to remove this “thorn in the flesh.”
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
7 ... or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
I posit that Paul explains his 'delight' [εὐδοκῶ 2106] as a rationalisation, 'think it good', cf pure joy of James 1:2. And emotional joy χαρὰν 5479 differs from intellectual rationalisation of εὐδοκῶ 2106 that it is good.
I struggle to find an example in Scripture where the pure joy of James 1:2 was achieved in trials, including in the life of Christ. James could have used a form of εὐδοκῶ, but rather used χαρὰν.
So I ask the reasonable question: 'Is James 1:2 literal and achievable as ‘pure joy [χαρὰν 5479] in trials?' If so, what are specific examples, barring intellectual acceptance and rationalisation that trials are for the overall good? If not, what is James saying?