By Rev. Dennis Van Gorp
Family Life Christian Center
In Matthew chapter 4, we find Jesus fasting for forty days and forty nights. Genesis 7:12 tells us that it rained upon the earth for forty days and forty nights. In Exodus 24:18 and 34:28, we find Moses on Mount Sinai with the Lord for forty days and nights.
Exodus 16:35 tells us that Israel ate manna for 40 years in the wilderness until they entered the Promised Land. Also, in 1 Kings 19:8 we find the prophet Elijah traveling for forty days and nights to reach Mount Sinai.
The number 40, in the Bible, refers to completion. Forty days of rain was the correct amount of time to flood the entire earth. God’s instructions for Israel required forty days for Moses to take it all in. Elijah’s journey to talk with God at Mount Sinai required a forty day trip through the desert wilderness.
God is not in a hurry. He wants you and I to get things right and do them correctly. He will take the necessary amount of time needed to prepare us for our next assignment from heaven, or for the next season in our ministry or lives. Do not get frustrated when you are in the middle of your forty day journey. I’m certain that forty days of walking through the desert wilderness was a tiring and monotonous trip for Elijah. So, hang in there. Your journey will be successful and you will reach your destination!