After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. Acts 1:3 (NIV)
Here it is again! Once more we find the coincidence of something happening for 40 days. Do we find this number popping up all over in the Bible? What is the significance of it? Should we consult our experts on deciphering more difficult scripture? Or is there much we could find by focusing our own hearts directly upon the Lord?
Whenever the Scriptures speak of 40 days or 40 years it always can be taken as a considerable amount of time for whatever the people of that day needed to learn of God. Could this be our Creator´s way of saying not to focus ourselves on time? Could the Lord be trying to teach us that He has a plan and it is being carried out as He sees fit? Could He expect His children to look to Him and step forward in faith? Can we leave it all to God? Shall we pray that we learn our lesson in 40 days instead of it taking us 40 years to learn what we should of our God?
We still have so much to learn about You! Help us remember that and set ourselves to the high honor of seeking You in all things! Let us leave the small things like time in Your capable hands and therefore set ourselves free to come near You now! We pray that we learn in minutes what could take us 40 days, 40 years or even more than a lifetime!