A man of faith would say, “Thank You, Jesus, for healing me”, even when the pain is yet there. A man of faith would say, “Thank You, Jesus, for blessing me”, even when the signs of poverty are yet there. A man of faith would say, “Thank You, Jesus, for setting me free”, even when he is yet to obtain real freedom. A man of faith is not overwhelmed by the happenings around but looks beyond them. This is the kind of faith Jesus expressed in His Father during His earthly ministry.
For example, in John 11:41, Jesus thanked His Father for hearing Him, even when He was yet to pray. This was an expression of absolute trust in His Father that He (the Father) was working out the answer. Remember, when Jesus was thanking God, Lazarus was still in the grave; but as a man of faith, Jesus would not be overwhelmed by what was seen. What was seen was the dead Lazarus in the tomb. Remember, Jesus was thanking His Father in the anticipation of what He was expecting. He gave testimony of what had happened in the past (John 11:42).
Realise that many would like to be like you, if they could. Whatever situation you are in, the way you handle it matters. Remember, the whole world is watching you, among them, your friends and foes. When Jesus wept at the death of Lazarus, some said, “See how He loved him” (John 11:36), while others said, ‘Don’t mind Him. He is only pretending’. Remember, none of these comments mattered to Jesus; He was not overwhelmed as a man of faith. He knew that if one must obtain victory, one should learn to appreciate the good works of God and His presence around one.
Jesus did this in two ways: First, He began to testify to the good works of God, then thanked Him in the anticipation of the better things to come. This is the kind of faith Jesus expects of us today. How many of you today that are sick would say, “Thank You, Lord, for healing me”, whereas, you are still in pain? Remember, when Jesus was thanking God, Lazarus was yet in the grave. How many of you that are poor would say, “Thank You, Lord, for blessing me”, whereas you are still poor?