Ray and I will be married 40 years soon. I’ve given some though to that number and realized there are a lot of biblical applications for it.
Moses had 3 sets of the number 40 during his life. First he spent 40 years learning all he needed to know to be a prince of Egypt (Exodus 2:1-15). Then he spent 40 years outside of Egypt banished for killing another Egyptian(Exodus 2:16-4. He spent his last 40 years wandering in the desert yet, heading toward the Promised Land because God had said no one that had grumbled against Him would see Canaan (Numbers 22-23).
Jesus spent 40 days fasting in seclusion, preparing himself for the ministry ahead. During that time he was tempted by satan 3 times. He was offered the very things He already had. By simply quoting the scripture back to the evil one he thwarted the plan. (John 4:1-11)
So how do these apply to our marriage? Although neither of us is an official member of Egyptian royalty we are a definite part of the Royal Priesthood. These 40 years for us have been a time of ‘heading toward the Promised Land’. Jesus’ 40 days of fasting included temptation from satan. The evil one has tempted us many times but by spending our married lives reading, studying, and yes, even memorizing parts of it we have been able to keep his legions at bay. We are not perfect but we certainly know Who is in control.
Praise God for this incredible span of time together.
Abba thank You for these 40 years, for allowing us to walk this journey with You, for giving us such joy and for the miracles you have done in our lives. Guide us through the next 40. Give us enough laughter and sorrow to keep us always mindful that You are God and You are in control. Make it so!