To that I answer:
1. Let it be as great an affliction as it will, it is not as great as your sin. He has punished you less than your sins.
2. It might have been a great deal more, you might have been in hell. And it is, if I remember, Bernard’s saying, "It is an easy matter to be oppressed than to perish." You might have been in hell, and therefore the greatness of the thing should not make you murmur, even grant it to be great.
3. It may be that it is greater because your heart murmurs so. Shackles upon a man’s legs, if his legs are sore, will pain him more. If the shoulder is sore, the burden is the greater. It is because your heart is so unsound that your affliction is great to you.
In a world where pop psychology dribbles from many pulpits, this advice sounds harsh. But dare I say that, contrary to historical revisionists, the Puritans were a much happier people than we!