Learning from Jesus
As we live our lives in a sinful world, we go through all sorts of emotions. We face fear, sadness, and grief. We suffer through burnout, exhaustion, and despair. We feel the pressures and stresses of this world and sometimes feel clueless in how to deal with it all. As Christians who model our lives after Christ, we learn a great deal of how to cope with life in a stressful and troubling world by looking at the way Jesus dealt with the pressure that He faced throughout His earthly ministry.
First thing we learn from Jesus is that, when He faced the pressures of this life, He spent time with other Christians. Before going to Jerusalem to suffer, God sent Moses and Elijah to appear to Him on the Mount of Transfiguration to minister to Him. Before being arrested, Jesus called Peter, James, and John to pray with Him, and, as He did, He expressed His sorrow to them. Christians aren't called to suffer alone, but instead God puts people of faith in our life. Share your pain with them. Ask them to pray with you. Seek God's guidance through their wise Christian counsel. Lay your burdens at their feet that they might help you take them to the Father. Don't feel that you ever have to suffer alone.
Second thing we learn from Jesus is that He prayed to God. Jesus often removed Himself from the crowd, as He did after feeding the 5,000 to have some alone time with God. When you're suffering, take some time to get away from the world and talk to God. Tell Him your troubles. Cry with Him. It's even okay to yell at Him, argue with Him, and plea with Him as David does in the Psalms. Lay your burdens at His feet that He might carry them away from you.
Third thing we learn from Jesus is that He ultimately left His burdens in God's Hands, and trusted in Him to take care of Him. He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane; "Nevertheless, not My will, but Your will be done." When you're burdened remind yourself of God's promise to work all things for the good of those who love Him. Remind yourself that He knows the plans He has for you; plans to give you hope and a future. Remind yourself that what people mean for harm, God works for good. Remember that, no matter what you're going through, God is with you and that He is your help and your salvation. You're never alone.
Fourth thing we learn from Jesus is that He looked past the troubles of this life, and thought continually of His future in heaven. Hebrews 12:2 states that "for the joy that was set before Him He endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the Right Hand of the throne of God. Remember what Paul reminded us; that the suffering we face now is not worth comparing to the joys that await us in heaven. Though we suffer now, better days our coming. The pains, troubles, and stresses of this life are only temporary, and God will one day wipe every tear away from our eyes!
Learn from Jesus. Seek His comfort through your dear Christian friends and through prayer. Keep your eyes firmly fixed on His promises and His salvation.