Some people have been better at waiting for some weeks than others.
When Moses ascended Sinai the people left behind had no idea how long he would be gone. They might have expected Moses back later that day, or the following day perhaps. So when he did not arrive things started to go wrong. They concluded something must have happened to him and gave up on the promise of his return. They took matters into their own hands and demanded that Aaron take some action. They gave up on the word of God and broke the first two commandments by constructing a golden calf – a new and incorrect form of worship. The warnings of Exodus 32 are particularly valid for us today. Looking back 40 days doesn’t sound like a long time at all. Perhaps then we should behave as if our Lord might be back in 40 days and make the most of every opportunity to serve in that time.
A period of 40 days will have seemed extremely long to the Lord Jesus as he endured the temptations in the wilderness. He endured by concentrating on the word of God, and putting all other thoughts out of his mind. This is the best defence against temptation. So as we wait for our Lord’s coming, let us take his words (quoted from Deuteronomy 6:13) to heart:
“You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.” (Matthew 4:10)