[looking away from all that will distract us and] focusing our eyes on Jesus, who is the Author and Perfecter of faith
[the first incentive for our belief and the One who brings our faith to maturity], who for the joy [of accomplishing the goal] set before Him endured the cross, disregarding the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God [revealing His deity, His authority, and the completion of His work].
Man, because of Adam's actions was in a terrible condition. Death, sicknesses, perverseness, and other things that were once foreign to him, had dominion over him. The only solution to this problem would require a gruesome death on a cross. Jesus knew that there was no other way to solve the problem called sin and He chose to be the sacrificial lamb.
Few hours to the day He came to the earth for, He was in the garden of Gethsemane, and He had a life-defining choice to make. He could either withstand the pressure to chicken out and move on as planned or give in and flee.
And being in agony [deeply distressed and anguished; almost to the point of death], He prayed more intently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down on the ground (Luke 22: 44 AMP).
Praise God He chose to die!
In the execution of our assignment or jobs, sometimes we find ourselves under pressure. Sometimes, it is as though the demands of work are more than we can handle or bear. We may get to a point where our output does not seem to complement the degree of our input. It could be we have an unappreciative boss, (fellow) workers or client(s). We may find ourselves at the point where we must decide whether to give up or carry on.
Just because our Father gave us the assignment and that He is always with us does not mean we would not face challenges (after-all, solving problems in the earth is the reason for working). It only guarantees we would come out unshaken and unharmed and thereby create an example or path for others to follows.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When we walk through the fire, we will not be burned or scorched, nor will the flame kindle upon us
Isaiah 43: 2 AMPC
Every challenge is an opportunity for God's glory to manifest (granted we are at the right place).
When we are under pressure, just as Jesus did, we must focus on the joy that is before us. Our drive must be the hope, the gladness, and the Father’s love we bring to others. We are on this earth to solve problems, and in the tough times, we must remember that the world (and our Father) is counting us.
Most importantly, we must spend time in prayer because that is where we get refreshed to overcome the pressures we face and move on with renewed zeal.
John 9: 1- 3 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
Luke 22: 40 - 43 When He arrived at the place [called Gethsemane], He said to them, “Pray continually that you may not fall into temptation.” And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup [of divine wrath] from Me; yet not My will, but [always] Yours be done”. Now an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him.