Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to Him for God is our refuge. – Psalm 62:8

Forty-Day Challenge

Have you ever noticed the significance of the number forty in Scripture? Moses worked as a shepherd forty years before God called him to lead the Israelites from captivity. Moses was atop Mount Sinai forty days receiving the covenant God made with the Israelites after redeeming them from bondage. God led His people in the wilderness for forty years of testing before entering the Promised Land. Jesus was tested in the wilderness forty days before beginning His public ministry. And it rained forty days and forty nights when Noah built the ark.

As you can see, it’s not only the number forty that’s significant, but the events that this number helped to define. Each event is a period of passage and transition, in the unfolding of God’s gracious and redemptive activity.

Are you in a period of passage? We’re all living through seasons of life, if not specific, shorter transitional phrases in life. It’s the way God designed it. Every end is a new beginning. Make the most of it.

Steve Arterburn

Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each. . . – Henry David Thoreau