Separated Together: 40 Days

We have all been told recently by our Governor that we should maintain our social isolation at least until May 15th.  That will take us past the 40 day mark. In one sense, that’s discouraging. Forty days is a long time. In another sense, it’s encouraging. Let me tell you why.

When God was judging the earth, He made it rain for 40 days (Genesis 7:12).

When He was creating a spiritual nation out of Israel, He spent 40 days with Moses on Mt. Sinai (Exodus 24:18).

The twelve spies spent 40 days scouting the Promised Land (Numbers 13:25).

Goliath ranted for 40 days while God prepared David to defeat him (1 Samuel 17:16).

As he prepared for a transition in ministry, Elijah walked 40 days without food, to Mt. Horeb (1 Kings 19:8).

Through Jonah, God gave the people of Nineveh 40 days to repent (Jonah 3:4), and they did!

To prepare for His public ministry, Jesus spent 40 days in prayer and fasting (Matthew 4:2).

To prepare the Disciples for public ministry, Jesus spent 40 days instructing them, after His resurrection (Acts 1:3).

Forty days is a spiritually significant length of time! Does God have a specific purpose in mind for our 40 days of isolation? I don’t know. What I do know is that God once used 40 days to transform the world (via the Flood). He twice used 40 days to transform nations (at Mt. Sinai and at Nineveh). And on four occasions He used 40 days to prepare people for significant new ministry (Joshua and Caleb, Elijah, Jesus, and the Disciples.)

Which leads me to believe He might be changing our world right now.He also might be changing our nation. And He definitely wants to change you and me, in preparation for significant ministry. Which is very encouraging, isn’t it? And worth praying for, wouldn’t you agree?

Moses entered the cloud as he went up the mountain, and he remained on the mountain forty days and forty nights. Exodus 24:18

After he had suffered, he also presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. Acts 1:3

Pray with me:

Dear Lord, we want to remain with You like Moses during these 40 days and nights. We ask that You appear to us, alive, and by many convincing proofs, like You did for the Disciples. We pray that You will revive our world spiritually during these 40 days. And revive our nation. And revive us. Your kingdom come on earth, as it is in heaven. Make us into Joshuas, and Elijahs, and Peters, and Esthers during this time. In Jesus’ name, amen!


Pastor Don