Don’t Quit; 41 Is Coming

You might have seen a social media post that has been circulating lately. It is about day 41, the day “after” day 40. This day is the day that has impacted a lot of people in the Bible, and it might even impact you.

“In the Bible, it rained for 40 days and 40 nights. On day 41, the rain stopped.

Moses committed murder & hid in the desert for 40 years. 41 came, and God called him to help rescue Israel.

Moses went up on the mountain for 40 days. On day 41, he received the Ten Commandments.

The Israelites wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. In year 41, they walked into the Promised Land.

Goliath taunted Israel for 40 days. Day 41 came, and David slew him.

Jonah preached a message of repentance to Ninevah for 40 days. On day 41, God stopped His plan to destroy them.

Jesus fasted and was tempted for 40 days. On day 41, the devil fled. After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples for 40 days. On day 41, He ascended into Heaven.”

I loved that social media actually had something circulating that was uplifting and talked about the Bible. But when things like this circulate, you want to check them out before sharing them with others. I knew about it raining for 40 days and nights and about Jesus being tempted in the desert for 40 days, but I wasn’t sure about the timeframe of the other events. So, I did some research for everyone.

Noah and the flood

Genesis 7:11-12

11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. 12 And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.

Forty 40 days, the windows were closed on the Ark as the rains fell. You are in tight compartments with a bunch of stinky animals, so I’m sure everyone was relieved on day 41 when the windows were flung open.

Moses committed murder and fled

The timeline of Moses killing the Egyptian and fleeing from Pharoah wasn’t as easy to find.

Acts 7:23-30

23 “When Moses was forty years old, he decided to visit his own people, the Israelites. 24 He saw one of them being mistreated by an Egyptian, so he went to his defense and avenged him by killing the Egyptian. 25 Moses thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not. 26 The next day, Moses came upon two Israelites who were fighting. He tried to reconcile them by saying, ‘Men, you are brothers; why do you want to hurt each other?’

27 “But the man who was mistreating the other pushed Moses aside and said, ‘Who made you ruler and judge over us? 28 Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?’ 29 When Moses heard this, he fled to Midian, where he settled as a foreigner and had two sons.

30 “After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai.

Moses stayed in Mirdian and met his future wife at a well. (That was the meeting place to find a wife.) He worked for his father-in-law tending sheep until the Lord had other plans for him.

Moses on Mt. Sinai

Exodus 24:9-18

Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up 10 and saw the God of Israel. Under his feet was something like a pavement made of lapis lazuli, as bright blue as the sky. 11 But God did not raise his hand against these leaders of the Israelites; they saw God, and they ate and drank.

12 The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain and stay here, and I will give you the tablets of stone with the law and commandments I have written for their instruction.”

13 Then Moses set out with Joshua his aide, and Moses went up on the mountain of God. 14 He said to the elders, “Wait here for us until we come back to you. Aaron and Hur are with you, and anyone involved in a dispute can go to them.”

15 When Moses went up on the mountain, the cloud covered it, 16 and the glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai. For six days the cloud covered the mountain, and on the seventh day the Lord called to Moses from within the cloud. 17 To the Israelites the glory of the Lord looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain. 18 Then Moses entered the cloud as he went on up the mountain. And he stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights.

Exodus has to be one of the most exasperating books of the Bible. Every time the Lord saves the people of Israel, they go back to their sinful ways before you can bat an eye. Hmmm, sounds a lot like today’s world. Moses couldn’t leave them alone for 40 days before they had built a gold calf to worship. 🙄

Wandering in the desert

Joshua 5:4-6

Now this is why he did so: All those who came out of Egypt—all the men of military age—died in the wilderness on the way after leaving Egypt. All the people that came out had been circumcised, but all the people born in the wilderness during the journey from Egypt had not. The Israelites had moved about in the wilderness forty years until all the men who were of military age when they left Egypt had died, since they had not obeyed the Lord. For the Lord had sworn to them that they would not see the land he had solemnly promised their ancestors to give us, a land flowing with milk and honey.

Because the Israelites didn’t follow the Lord wholeheartedly, most of them perished in the desert, including Moses. The only two adults from the first generation to reach the Promised Land was Joshua and Caleb.

Numbers 32:11-12

11 ‘Because they have not followed me wholeheartedly, not one of those who were twenty years old or more when they came up out of Egypt will see the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob— 12 not one except Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite and Joshua son of Nun, for they followed the Lord wholeheartedly.’

Goliath taunted Israel

1 Samuel 17:16

16 For forty days the Philistine came forward every morning and evening and took his stand.

Isn’t it funny how you can know a story in the Bible but still miss a few key points? Of course, we all know that David eventually kills Goliath, but I never paid attention to the timeframe until now.

Jonah Goes to Nineveh

Jonah 3:1-5

1 Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.”

Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it. Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.

All it takes is one person who believes and proclaims the word of God to change the course of a whole city. But, people have to listen and then believe.

Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness

Matthew 4:1-11

1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
    and they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”

11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

Jesus was not immune to temptation and testing. He had endured 40 days of fasting, so the devil knew He was hungry. The devil will tempt and test us on the things that mean the most to us. But the devil is no match for the Lord, and if you serve and worship Him only, the devil will flee from you also.

Moral of the Story

Don’t quit! Don’t give up or give in! The rain will stop, the giant will fall, and you will enter your “promised land.” Don’t give up at 40. You might want to ask yourself, 40 what? It could be 40 seconds, 40 minutes, 40 days, 40 months, or 40 years, but what if it is something else? What if it is 40 times to repent or say you are sorry? What if it is 40 times to pray for your enemy? What if it is 40 times to ask someone to church?

The Lord doesn’t give us our 40, but rest assured, 41 is coming.

To GOD Goes The Glory!

Have A Blessed Day!

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  1. YES! YES! YES!!! Thank you for giving these scriptures to back up all these examples of 40. As a 33 year 3rd grade public school teacher, this just backs up the why I keep doing what I do. Maybe, 40th lesson, 40th child, only God knows what 40th thing I encounter with these children I and co-workers I am able to come in contact with. Praise God!!

  2. This came just at the right time! I saw this posted and then heard it on the radio again. And it came at a time when I was going through some things and really felt like giving up doing things God’s way and just do it my way. but this checked me Spiritually, thank you Lord for using this wonderful sister in Christ to encourage and speak life!

    1. God works in mysterious ways. You were meant to see this message.

  3. Susan Smallwood says:

    Thank you so much…..that post was very timely to me right now. 🙂 I hope you and your family have a very nice Easter. Your blog is one of my favorites….Clothes, MakeUp, God posts….I love them all.

  4. I absolutely loved this post! Learned things I didn’t know!

  5. Tania, an enlightening research of Bible scripture readings, thank you!

  6. One of your more thought provoking posts. Thank you for all your research on 40 days in. the Bible. It reminds me of the song “Sunday’s Coming”. Fridays may be taxing but always remember that Sunday’s coming!

  7. Diane Ward says:

    This was a fascinating post! Thank you so much!

  8. Deborah Torres says:

    God bless you and keep you! Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

  9. Thank you for this message.

  10. Tania, you are amazing. You know and teach us from the Bible so well.
    Thank you for your knowledge and sharing so much with us.
    God bless you!

  11. Thank you for researching these statements. It is a significant reminder to continue to pray and go beyond our normal stopping point. 41 is our rally cry.

  12. Ina Homer says:

    I never knew there were so many references to the number 40 in the Bible! very interesting for sure!
    Thanks again for the Sunday post!

  13. Awesome post, Tania. Thank you.

  14. Linda Shearer says:

    Great message today! I like the Jonah story and how it relates to people now.

  15. Thanks for the post today. Yes day 41 is coming.

  16. Holly Porter says:

    Awesome study Tania!

  17. Mary Carol says:

    This post really has the wheels in my head turning…thank you for posting, and for being a bright spot in my day.

    1. I so glad this was helpful for you.

  18. Sharon Killen says:

    Love this! You’re right, there are so many stories I know, but we don’t always think of it in its entire context. That why I loved discussing scripture in different formats with different people/preachers – It’s always new! I’ve been reading “Jesus Calling” devotionals for years, but each day I read, year after year, it’s means something new and different in my life. I love that it never gets old. 🙂
    Thank you for sharing Tania!

    Sharon Killen, LMSW
    Clarkston, Michigan

    1. Me too Sharon! And I write in it and out the year by my comment.

  19. Pam Bowling says:

    I like it! Good stuff. Enjoy this beautiful Holy Week!!

  20. Kathy Huff says:

    Thank you so much for this wonderful reminder of God’s perfect timing and faithfulness! I really enjoy each of your Sunday messages and daily encouragement.

  21. Our family is facing a challenge that has deeply effected my husband and me. I am praying for 41 and will not give up. Thank you for such a meaningful message.

    1. I’m sorry that you are going through the valley right now, but the Lord is with you.

  22. Donna Robinson says:

    Thank you for lifting Him up! We all need to do more of that. You also do a great job helping us look and feel better about ourselves.

  23. Thank you. I learned so much today.

  24. What a wonderful post, Tania! it was just what I needed today, to remind me that God is still working.

  25. Phyllis Martin says:

    Thanks for the volume of research you did. When God repeats something many times we know it is important. All these examples were important. It’s important when it happens in our lives too.

    1. There are times when something keeps popping up, and I know that it is the Lord trying to get my attention.

  26. A beautiful message. Thank you.

  27. Roeli Lutz (Canadian) says:

    GREAT message, hang in there, Resurrection Morning is coming!!!

  28. That’s not only such a beautiful message but very encouraging too. I need to put a reminder up! Thanks for sharing.

  29. Mary Handel says:

    Each Sunday I look forward to seeing your message. This was inspirational as always! I plan to send it to my son who is struggling emotionally. Thank you Tania

    1. I hope this is helpful to him!!!

  30. Diane Schexnyder says:

    That’s a great message for Palm Sunday. Thank you for another wonderful Sunday Post.

  31. Donna Ingalls says:

    Such a thought provoking and inspiring post. I truly needed this today. Thank you

  32. Beautiful post for Palm Sunday! Thank you for taking the time to share this. Happy Easter to you and your family 💒

  33. Thank you, Tania, for your encouraging messsage. It’s always good to be reminded of God’s faithfulness! Happy Palm Sunday!

  34. Perfect! Thanks for your well thought out words.

  35. Very insightful , uplifting and reassuring. Thanks.

  36. Ginger Hiller says:

    Thank you for doing the research on this thought provoking topic.

  37. Great Palm Sunday post- thanks

  38. Karen Johnson says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your faith with us daily

  39. Thank you for all your time of study !!
    This was such grand and uplifting info that I’m sharing with my family and friends !! And Yes 41 Is Coming !!
    Happy Palm Sunday !!

  40. I really enjoy reading your Sunday messages! Thank you for the time and effort you put into them.

    1. I’m so glad you enjoy them.

  41. Beautiful post, Tania! Happy Palm Sunday and Happy Holy Week 🙏❤🙏

  42. I wonder about the number significance of 7 and 40 in scripture. Very interesting.

    1. Those two numbers are throughout the Bible, and I find it interesting too.

  43. Jenniffer Groski says:

    Being in a season of over 30 days without a job this message gives me great hope! God has a plan and these verses remind me to be patient and trust the Lord!! May this Holy Week be a blessed time of reflection and peace for you Tania.

    1. I hope this post was meant for you.

  44. A solid reminder that God always has something fresh and new for us! Happy Palm Sunday! ✝️💚

  45. What a great and thought provoking post. thank you

  46. thank you for this 40 study! I love how you gathered it all for us!

  47. Amen! Excellent post! Right on the mark! Thanks for using scripture!♥️🙏

  48. I learned so much from your post today. Thanks for researching this for us.

  49. Thank you for your research! We must always turn to God’s word. After you read the Old Testament you see why God had to send Jesus. This message is so encouraging! 🥰🙏🥰

  50. Great post about endurance, while we wait for God’s promises. Happy Sunday!

  51. Tania I have never heard of this before! Thanks so much for sharing this! I love your blog and everything in it. I look forward everyday to reading it, you have a true gift. I am so very thankful for you may God truly bless you as you share Him with us!

    1. Aww, Rhonda, thank you so much!

  52. M L Kittell says:

    Amen and thank you!

  53. Denise Adkins says:

    Thank you for this awesome post! I was feeling bad because knee pain is keeping me from church this morning, then saw your post and it was just what needed!🙏

  54. Mary Kinard says:

    Thank you for doing the research to “prove” the 41. I appreciate all that you do!

  55. I love that! I great message. Take care.

  56. Teri Butler says:

    What a lovely Sunday morning devotional! Thank you so much for sharing…this was something I needed to hear. ❤️

  57. Joyce Van Koevering says:

    I have never heard about 41 either. Thank you for searching your Bible to explain all of these. Have a blessed Palm Sunday!!

  58. Thank you Tania I needed this today!!!

  59. Thank you for sharing this message. I am just learning more and more about the stories in the Bible . I didn’t realize that the number 40 held so many messages in the Bible!
    Thank you!

  60. Rebecca Tarpey says:

    Hey there Tania,
    I just would like to say how much you help me with ideas and how to put together a nice outfit. I’m almost 70 years old and never liked to shop but I see your suggestions and think “ I like that & it would look good on me “ I’ve bought multiple items from your site and was please.
    Thank you for all your hard work “ this older gal appreciates you”
    Rebecca from Texas

    1. This makes me so happy!!!

      1. I agree too! Well said Rebecca! We appreciate you! Happy Palm Sunday! 🌷

  61. Great message for Palm Sunday and something to think about as we enter Holy Week! Thank you, Tania, and an early Happy Easter, to you and your family!

  62. Great post; especially the examples at the end!

  63. What a sweet and timely reminder, Tania. I look forward to your email every morning as I have my cup of coffee and get ready for the day. But I love your Sunday devotionals the very most. (That is saying a lot. I’m a “clothes gurl”!) Thank you.

  64. We must also remember that whether it is 40, 41, 50….to eternity that the Lord will never leave nor forsake us (Genesis 28:15, Matthew 28:20). Just like He was with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fire, He is with us through every trial. Always loving, strengthening, comforting and forgiving us. What an amazing Father we have❣️

  65. as I lay awake (2-5 am so far) your email arrived about “40”!
    Very interesting….never noticed or connected those before!

    Thank you…. I’ll be thinking!

    1. I love it when I read something and then think on it for days.

  66. Love this message! Have a blessed day!