“Don't put the cart before the horse” and “Don't count your chickens before they hatch,” are popular idioms often use. These two parables mean: never go about doing things in the wrong order or have great expectations for the unknown. Both have their places in varying situations, but such perspective leaves very little room for faith to function in a believer's life. Christians have to go a step further than this reality, and trust God past the obvious. We have to start learning to see past the visual, and tap into the spiritual. The Bible clearly states that we walk by faith and not by sight. So let's start being doers of the word instead of just hearers. The best place to practice this is with our testimonies.
We have all had a testimony at one point or another in our Christian walk. If we never had that experience, then it simply implies we serve a dead God! The process of sharing our testimony may be scary. We might be apprehensive of public speaking or the judgment of others. Yet, with adrenaline pumping and hearts racing, we nevertheless publicly declare how good God has been to us. Why? Because we have prayed and or fasted tirelessly, and have been rewarded. We want others to know about what God did. Undoubtedly our testimonies manage to motivate and encourage others; ultimately giving God all the glory. This in deed is the aim.
Be that has it may, have you ever taken the time to observe the pattern in which we testify? We ask, we wait, we get, then we give thanks and share. I am not saying this method is faulty, in fact that is the method I have been using since forever-until now that is. This method is practical, comfortable, and realistic. But can I persuade you to step outside of this comfort zone with me? Let us ask, believe, give thanks, and share. This is my Faith Testimony:
“I am publicly here today before hundreds, probably even thousands, declaring the blessings that God is getting ready to give me. God is so awesome, and that is why I trust Him with all my heart. I am so grateful to Him for the job He is about to bless me with. I don't know who I am going to be working with, or where. However one thing is for sure, I am confident it is going to be a great job! One that will help to meet my needs. I am also thanking God in advance (with a smile on my face) for the husband that He will be blessing me with. I have no idea who he is, how he looks, or where he is from. But I know he will be a man of God; sent directly from God straight to me. I am confidently-though eagerly-anticipating these two blessings, and I'm giving praises to the King of Kings as I wait. Thank you Lord for the blessings I will receive in Jesus' name. Amen.”
I challenge you today to put the cart before the horse. Start counting your chickens before they hatch. Though it may seem unorthodox, step out in faith and watch God work. Call those things that aren’t as though they were. Resolve to take Jesus at His words, and believe that He will come through for you. The Bible basically tells us to ask believing, and we shall surely receive (Paraphrased). So why do you insist on seeing results before you start giving thanks to the Father? Why do you have to be rewarded in order to give God praise? Do you doubt Him? If not, then you should start giving Him thanks and praise right now for the break-through you are about to receive. Now, sometimes what we are praying for may not be in the will of God, but then if it's not His will it's not worth it.
If we trust God and believe in His promises, then we should be confident that He will not disappoint. He said ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be open to you (Matthew 7:7 NIV). James 1:6-8 says: “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways (ESV).” It is proven, you can blindly trust God. With this in mind, start speaking things into being now.
You make some good points here. It is true that we need to believe God will answer our prayers. Sometimes he has different plans than we do, but if we approach our situation in such a way that we believe God can use even hard times to glorify him then that's a great start. Nice job!