It's been a fun process for our team as we prayed about and prepared for 40Days. I love it when God puts something on my heart and as He continues to develop those thoughts and I share them with others, He opens up this whole world of things I didn't even think about. I guess that's how you know it's God...
The Invest staff began researching and reading about Noah and the number 40 after we decided to launch this time of prayer, fasting, and giving. I'm not one who is known for being passionate about words. Really, most of the time I'm at a loss for them. Our staff on the other hand usually has discussions around the meanings and implications of words and in this case, a number. Here is what we found out about the number 40 in the Bible:
Moses fasted for 40 days and nights The Flood lasted 40 days and 40 nights Jesus fasted 40 days and 40 nights The Israelites were in the wilderness for 40 years Jesus was seen by his disciples after his resurrection for 40 days Jonah preached to Nineveh for 40 days Solomon, David, and Saul are each credited with a reign of 40 years
The number 40 is used many times in the Bible and studies suggest that 40 could have been a literal translation of time or a figurative preferred number that symbolized "a long period of time." Kristin and I wouldn't ever say that our period of time developing Invest has been long. In fact, I don't even understand how God has done this much in such a short amount of time. Here's what I think God is telling me now though. Invest is in a 40 day / week / month / year period. He has quickly brought us through our beginnings as a family and as an organization and now, in a time of launching and newness, He is ushering us in to a season of Invest. One that will be "a long period of time" as God solidifies His ministry and builds a firm foundation of a movement to invest... to disciple a new generation or radical believers.
I know God well enough to understand that my feeble attempt to communicate with or challenge people to get on board with what He is doing through with Invest is really just His way of communicating to me where He is leading us.
God is good and He knows right where we are. I believe we are at the beginning of 40 days... and I'm can not describe my excitement for what this period of time will hold.
Thank you Father for leading me!