Growing up in central Georgia, I often heard this expression. We all know that a humid day feels much more miserable than a day at the same temperature with low humidity. We're going to look at our human suffering and trials that we encounter in life from the same type of perspective.
What I have learned, from personal experience, observation of others, and study of the Bible, is that quite often "It isn't the depth of the trial, it's how long it lasts!" In studying Psalm 15, we see David, the writer of the Psalm ask the same question. He feels that God has forgotten about him. David is searching for God but just isn't connecting.
At the time, David was in the midst of a long trial. Saul, Israel's King, was obsessed with killing him. David would not do harm to God's anointed King, so he ran and hid... for a very long, lonely time.
Often, that's how is it with the trials we face. It is a painful time, either physically, 感情的に, or both, which goes on longer than we think is bearable. At first we think, "This isn't too bad. I can deal with it." We expect it to last for a certain period. Then we find out it is worse than we thought and/or it continues for longer than we expected. We begin to lose hope. Those around us have come to accept the trial as normal so their support wanes. That's not a knock against them, it is the way most humans are wired.
Like the infamous Chinese Water Torture, where drops of water are used to tirelessly, relentlessly, wear down the human spirit, so do the trials in our lives. It is the constant battle against them, the intrusion into our daily living, 私たちの額に水滴のようです. それは私たちを下に着ているし、私たちを打ちます, 私たちの周りの人々が考えるすべての中に, "それは本当に大したことではありません。" 私たちの強さと決意ドレイン. 私のために, これは馬尾症候群と私の戦いです. 不思議なこと, 糖尿病と私の戦いは同じように感じていません, 糖尿病は簡単にあなたを殺すことができるにもかかわらず、一方、CESはしません.
私は深く壊滅的と希望ロビングある私たちが直面している時間と試験が存在しないとは言いませんよ. 極端に痛い非常に深い痛み. 離れて行くことは非常に長い時間がかかり痛み, もし今までに. これらの試験は、ハンマーで親指を打つようなものです - 比較的短い寿命を持っている激しい痛み, 長引く痛みのはるかに長い時間が続きます. それは私が話してきた裁判のようなものに発展します.
そう... 私たちは何をしますか? Well that depends a lot on our personality, our perseverance, and our faith. 私のために, it is my faith in God's goodness. Does that mean I will always think of trials as good? しないでください. But I also know that God allows or brings such trials in order to move my character, values, and actions to become more like His Son, イエス. For those who have placed their trust in Jesus, God the Father uses the events in our lives, both good and bad, to develop us further into what He wants us to be. For those readers who don't have a Father/Son/Daughter relationship with God, wouldn't you like to have an all knowing, all loving, all powerful Father who always does what is for your ultimate best? Learn how to enter into a father/child relationship with God.
When we're facing unbearable trials, who better to hold us and comfort us?