Luke 4:1 (NLT) Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. He was led by the Spirit in the wilderness,[a] 2 where he was tempted by the devil for forty days. Jesus ate nothing all that time and became very hungry.
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. Forty is the number that represents “Transition”!
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. Many of the meaningful events in our lives take time, and God’s Divine timing is always connected to transition!
Point to ponder- Are you in a period of Transition or passage? We are all living through seasons of life, if not specific, shorter transitional phases in life. It’s the way God designed it. Every end is a new beginning. Make the most of it and know the Lord is with you every step of the way!
For His Glory,
Pastor James Baker, Jr.