“For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” – 2 Corinthians 4:15-18Scripture says to bring “all” things to God in prayer, supplication, and thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6). That means the good, the bad, and the ugly. Often, the key to moving God to action on our behalves is to have a heart of thankfulness. Not just for the good things already received (which is a statement of faith), but also for the things not yet seen (which is a declaration of faith). There is power in the public declaration of thankful expectation as it serves to glorify God in advance of His actions, expressing your faith, and sets the stage to bring Him the greater glory in the activation of His response to the situation.
“Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways. When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up; and he shall save the humble person.” – Job 22:28-29
Now granted, we can’t speak our will over God’s, so if He has not spoken a thing to us then we need to pray, fast, and seek Him until He does. Being thankful none the less for His wisdom, grace, mercy, and power. However, once He has spoken to us concerning a thing, or given a promise, we are to wait patiently upon The Lord while declaring His mighty and wonderful works with thankfulness and expectation, as we stand unwavering in our faith. For God moves in the unseen to effect the seen in unsearchable ways. There is nothing that He cannot do, and once He has spoken it, He will do it… for the sake of His Name and Glory will He do it.
“Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:28-31
“Nevertheless he saved them for his name’s sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known.” – Psalms 106:8
“O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever…I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.” – Psalms 118:1, 17