The best teacher in the bible is clearly Jesus. Not only was He an incredible teacher, but He was also incredible at making disciples. We can learn so much from his life and ministry. Jesus certainly went through trials, literally and figuratively. Let’s look at how He carried himself in the Garden of Gethsemane, just moments before his biggest trial began. Jesus knew his betrayal and arrest was coming soon. And in Matthew 26:36-46, we see that Jesus prays to the Father three separate times. And we know that in all three prayers, He made a statement about the Father’s will being done. Matthew 26:39 says – Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” The two main takeaways from this passage are as follows – 1) prayer is extremely important, and 2) God’s will is more important than our wants and desires. Jesus wasn’t thrilled about being beaten and hung on a cross, but He put the Father’s will above his wants. He put our eternity above his life. What an incredible Savior we serve. There is no one like King Jesus.
Respond to trials in the way Jesus did. Respond with prayer. That’s where strength comes from. Talk to God about it instead of posting on social media about it. Next, understand the importance of God’s will being done - just like Jesus demonstrated in the Garden of Gethsemane. That was a massive trial Jesus had to endure, the cross was brutal. However, it ultimately led to the most incredible event this world has ever witnessed - the resurrection, which gives us hope of eternal salvation.
Father, the trials I’m in are tough. But I trust in You. I trust that You will work these trials to serve a greater purpose than I can fathom. Let your will be done, not my own. Help me to stay obedient, help me to stay faithful. Use my life for your glory. In Jesus name, amen.