“The king also himself passed over the brook Kidron.” 2 Samuel 15:23
It’s a very natural thing for us, in our times of sorrow and want, to weigh out and measure the extent of our sufferings. We compare our sufferings to our own strength. How long can we endure? How long will our sufferings last? By what means might we deliver ourselves and lessen our sorrows?
To whatever degree we engage in these self measurements, it helps to measure all of our sorrows and sufferings against those of Jesus. Becoming aware and remembering that we are following in the footsteps of our King lightens our load considerably.
Jesus trod a pathway of sorrow and darkness, heaviness and suffering. He did so not only to deliver us from darkness, but also to lead us in our own seasons of trial.
When I measure my heaviness against the weight Christ bore, my sorrows lighten and my present sufferings seem shorter.
He trod this path long before I did – and His climb was much, much steeper.