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41 Will Come
Holding on When Life Gets Tough â" and Standing Strong Until a New Day Dawns
By Chuck E. Tate
Tyndale House PublishersCopyright © 2016 Chuck E. Tate
All rights reserved.
PATs AND POSTPONED DREAMS
For forty days the rain poured down without stopping. And the water became deeper and deeper.
GENESIS 7:17-18, CEV
Don't give up and be helpless in times of trouble.
PROVERBS 24:10, CEV
As I parked my car outside the Peoria Civic Center and pushed through the humid air toward the arena, I had no idea that God was about to blow my mind. As team chaplain for the hometown Pirates of the fledgling Indoor Football League, I thought I was there simply to give a pregame chapel talk before the Pirates went to war with the Dayton Skyhawks in the semifinals of the league play-offs. At stake was a berth in the first-ever Gold Cup game.
I was locked, loaded, and ready to throw down my 10-minute devotional — an inspiring message about the biblical significance of the number 41, which I had originally intended to use as my season-opening chapel talk. In about two hours, it would become crystal clear why I had put it off each week until this soon-to-be-memorable night.
After the players had gathered, I opened the chapel time with prayer and began to unpack my theme. Perhaps you've heard a sermon or two about the significance of the number 40 in the Bible, but this talk was specifically about the number that comes after 40. Here it is in a nutshell:
After Noah built the ark, it rained for 40 days and 40 nights. Day 41 came, and the rain stopped.
After Moses committed murder, he hid in the desert for 40 years. Year 41 came, and God gave Moses a second chance — commissioning him to rescue Israel from slavery in Egypt.
After the Exodus, the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. Year 41 came, and a new generation entered the Promised Land.
For 40 days, Goliath bullied and taunted Israel, just begging for someone to come fight him. Day 41 came, and David stepped up and slew the giant.
For 40 days, Jonah delivered a message of doom and gloom to the city of Nineveh — that God was going to destroy them because of their wickedness. Day came, and God changed his mind and instead extended mercy because the Ninevites had responded and repented.
After being baptized in the Jordan River, Jesus fasted in the desert for 40 days and was tempted by the devil. Day 41 came, the devil fled, angels showed up, and Jesus launched his monumental ministry.
The pattern is clear. The number 41 represents the dawn of a new day — the hope and promise that if you don't quit, the rain will stop, the giant will fall, and you will enter your "promised land."
God believes in second chances.
Your fulfilled vision is right around the corner.
Your 41 will come.
Now fast-forward to the end of the game. Peoria leads by seven points with less than a minute to play. But then Dayton slices through the Pirates' defense and scores another touch -down. All they need is the point after to send the game into overtime.
Extra points in arena football, like extra points in the NFL, are almost automatic. But not this time. To everyone's surprise, and the home team's sheer jubilation, Dayton's kicker did the unthinkable: He missed!
The stadium was instant bedlam. Our guys had just won a smashmouth arena football game, an intense battle that ushered them into the championship game in their very first season!
Final score? Peoria 41, Dayton 40.
That's right: 41 to 40.
Diving over the box seats behind the press table, where I had been sitting, I stormed the field — along with almost everyone in the arena — to join the mayhem and congratulate the players.
"Forty-one came tonight, man! Great job, baby!" I screamed at every player I encountered. I was so caught up in winning the game and advancing to the championship that I wasn't even thinking about the score, but only about the breakthrough these guys had achieved after a season of hard work and sacrifice.
In every case, the response was the same — a long pause as the final score collided with the theme of our pregame chapel talk; a half-cocked, crazy grin, as if to say, "Are you kidding me!" and then a boisterous series of "woot, woot, woofs!" followed by fist bumps and chest bumps.
Let's be clear: My short chapel talk was not the reason we won that game. But God used it, in that mysterious way of his, to speak to the players, the coaches, and me. By the time we're done here, I hope he will have spoken to you, as well.
Whether you're stuck in the storms of life; in serious need of a second chance; stranded in the wilderness of unexpected circumstances or unfulfilled expectations; facing what seems to be an unbeatable giant; or bearing up against unspeakable temptation, I have two words for you: DON'T QUIT!
As much as you may feel like giving up or giving in, please don't do it. Don't go under. Don't throw in the towel. You can hold on and stay strong. Eventually, the rain will stop, an oasis will appear, grace and mercy will be extended, your giant will fall, and a new day will dawn. Forty-one will come.
God can use anyone.
God can use anything.
Even an arena football game.
Even the circumstances in your life.
Trust him. Forty-one will come.
41: A BEACON OF HOPE
Growing up in church, I heard a lot of sermons preached with an emphasis on the number 40. Numerous passages in the Bible connect the number 40 to periods of trial, testing, or hardship. Though there's nothing magical or mystical about the number — some people place too much significance on biblical numerology — it comes up often enough throughout Scripture that we should sit up and take notice. But that's not our purpose here. Instead, we're going to zero in on a number that gets a lot less attention — the number that comes after 40. We're going to see how the number 41 represents a beacon of hope for postponed dreams and promised lands. Amid the troubles of everyday life, it's almost as if 41 is shouting, "I got next!"
In the Bible, the number 40 signifies relentless rainfall and neverending storms. (Just ask Noah.) Forty-one resuscitates hope, restores the sunlight, and returns the calm after the storm.
Forty exemplifies exile in the far reaches of a scorching desert, with no end in sight. Forty-one wipes the slate clean and gives birth to second chances.
Forty symbolizes the consequences of bad decisions and disobedience — and the postponement of promised blessings. Forty-one turns the page on a new chapter, a new calling, a new beginning. Forty-one turns what seemed like a pipe dream into a reality.
Forty implies fear and failure, and it represents the devil's best efforts to disrupt, distract, and destroy the work of God. But 40 also represents times of preparation, as God lays the groundwork for the good works he will one day set before us to walk in.
Jesus fasted and prayed for 40 days before launching his earthly work. On day 41, he initiated a ministry unlike any other. Forty-one paved the way for teaching, healing, and miracle after miracle — culminating in the greatest miracle of all. When Jesus rose from the dead, humanity was redeemed, salvation came, and hope was rekindled.
During the 40 days after his resurrection, Jesus appeared to his disciples on several occasions — proving to them that he was alive and breathing new life into them as he explained the Kingdom of God and commissioned them to build it. On day 41, after promising to send the Holy Spirit in his place, he ascended into heaven, leaving the disciples to carry out his plan for launching the church — a church that, by the way, is still prevailing against the gates of hell.
STAND FIRM AND TAKE ACTION
In the chapters that follow, we're going to take a closer look at one of my favorite "41 Will Come" stories in the Bible — the story of David's epic encounter with the giant named Goliath. In the process, we'll learn how to knock down the giants that stand between us and the 41 that is out there for us. As the prophet Daniel says about times of trouble, "The people who know their God shall stand firm and take action."
Maybe you've been stuck in a downpour or lost in the desert for what has seemed like 40 years. Maybe you're hiding from an enormous giant — or running away as fast as you can. Maybe you're so hungry for God to move in your life — or in the life of a son, daughter, mother, father, other family member, or friend — that you can taste it, but it feels as if it's never going to happen. Do you feel so spiritually empty that you desperately need a fresh start? Have you just about given up on the future because you feel stuck and defined by your past? Here's the good news: The story's not over. Forty-one is still out there.
"Forty-one will come" is a declaration of faith that things will get better, the rain will stop, the sun will shine, the day will break, the page will turn, the answer will show up, the pipe dream will become reality, the Promised Land will be inhabited, and the giant will fall.
We serve a God who is big enough to restore relationships, heal bodies, extend provision, change circumstances, breathe new life into any situation, and wipe out our sin and the shame associated with it.
And not only is God big enough to save you; he also wants to do it. His desire is to deliver, heal, restore, and redeem you. He wants to set you free.
God's desire to heal is made plain in the story about the leper who approaches Jesus with a desperate plea for help. This outcast of society walks right up and says, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean."
I love what Jesus does next. He touches the untouchable.
Think about how huge that is! Jesus touches a leper. He touches an outcast. He touches someone who is considered unclean. But it isn't only the touch that grabs the heart of this particular leper. It's what Jesus says next that changes everything: "I am willing."
Here's the good news: Jesus was willing then, and he's willing now. And not just to make us clean, but also to empower us to overcome the obstacles in our lives and to help us walk by faith the path he has set before us.
Are you ready? It's no accident that you're reading this book. My prayer for you is that you will be challenged, inspired, and encouraged — and more than anything else, that your faith in Christ will make you strong and keep you strong so that, when the dust settles after the storm, you will still be standing.
Let's make this personal right from the get-go. Post something on Facebook that you're trusting God for, and use the hashtag #41 WillCome. Join the conversation on Twitter by sharing your declaration of faith that things will get better, and use the hashtag #41 WillCome. Or post a picture on Instagram, sharing an image of hope for the future — or maybe an inspirational quote or verse — along with the hashtag.
Now, given your current circumstances, what would your "41" look like? Write it here:
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Table of Contents
1 PATs and Postponed Dreams 1
2 Fee Fi Fo Fum 11
3 Tougher Than Hell 25
4 Can You Hear Me Now? 35
5 Ten-Four, Good Buddy! 53
6 Smashmouth 79
7 Shake It Off! 103
8 Rawk Stance 125
9 Boom Goes the Dynamite! 153
10 Reckless Charge 183
11 We Win! 205
12 When 41 Doesn't Come 229
Appendix: My 50 Favorite 40s 251
About the Author 273
What People are Saying About This
41 Will Come is a practical book that will encourage and inspire your faith. Chuck does a masterful job of casting a biblical vision of hope that resonates with the soul. He weaves biblical truth with practical examples in fun, humorous ways. This book will make you laugh and make you think as it enriches your faith in the goodness of God.
Inspiring and motivational, 41 Will Come is a must-read for anyone in a season of waiting on God. Chuck Tate is energetic and encouraging in his call to keep pressing on toward the life to which God has called us.
41 Will Come will coach any aspiring person to tackle life’s daily challenges and live a Christ-centered life with passion and purpose.
No matter what battle you’re facing, the good news is that a new day is dawning. Chuck Tate serves up a heaping helping of hope in 41 Will Come. Your soul needs this refreshing perspective and inspirational reminder that God is on your side, loving you even in the midst of trial. Don’t miss the chance to be encouraged and uplifted through Chuck’s creative storytelling and unique perspective on the Bible.
Chuck Tate has written a book for all of us who have been in a season of waiting. In 41 Will Come, you will be encouraged to believe that God is always on time and that his plan will be worked out in your life. Believe me, after reading this book you willby God’s gracehave a “don’t quit” spirit instilled inside you.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I highly recommend this book for anyone going through hard times in their life. This book takes you through the wilderness experiences and the struggles of people in real life as well as stories from the bible. Each chapter details a step to take to guide you through your own tough times to your own 41 personal victory. Goliath tautened the children of Israel for 40 days and on the 41st day, David shows up and slays him. The children of Israel wandered in the desert for 40 years and on the 41st year Joshua led them into the promise land. The book has personal stories of people that didn’t give up and found their victory. You can too by following the steps laid out in the book. This book has personally inspired me to move forward with my life through the difficult times I am going through now. I am believing God for a brighter future. My 41 will come. So will yours.
This book is fabulous!!! I took so many notes while reading, he has so much to say and it is worth remembering. Not only does he reference the bible throughout the book, but he also brings in the voices of MC Hammer, Verizon Wireless, Taylor Swift, his friends and family and so many more. He keeps you hopping throughout the whole book. You never know where he will lead you next, but you definitely want to hang on for the ride. It has a flow to it that makes you want more! Fight your battles and slay that "giant" he says, trust in God irregardless of what is happening he says. Sometimes this is harder said than done, and honestly I believe the author understands that. He lays out a plan for our battle and the defeat of our "giant". He explains to us that we have to identify the giant, whether it's a large or small one doesn't matter, but we have to know what it is we are fighting against. We have to understand the game plan, we have to be strategic, and we have to win. I have several "giants" that need to be slain, after reading this book, I feel like I finally can start to plan my first moves against my "giants". This book made me cry from the very beginning, they were tears of joy and understanding. They were tears of let's do this and fight those battles. He is an amazing author and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The personal accounts from himself and his friends/loved ones were uplifting and inspirational. It gave a personal feeling to the book. I literally felt like I had been setting down for coffee with this man. It was amazing and I will definitely be keeping it around for future readings. Favorite Quotes from this book: "Listen with ears of faith. Do you hear that? It's the sound of your giant dropping." "When you have a setback, don't take a step back. God has already prepared your comeback."-Tim Storey "Haters gonna hate, doubter gonna doubt, giants gonna fall." Great book! I will definitely recommend this to everyone I know!!
41 WILL COME Holding on When Life Gets Tough---and Standing Strong Until a New Day Dawns By Chuck E. Tate 41 will come is not about you turning 41 years old, it is about the stories in the Bible that has to do with 40 days, 40 years, etc. Chuck Tate has used this subject in many of his sermons and now shares some of that information in his book. He covers some of the Bible stories dealing with the number 40, such as David and Goliath, the temptation of Jesus and others. He adds a collection of stories and anecdotes of people who have gone through their 40 days or years, or hours and how their 41 has come by the grace of God. Chuck has used this theme for some years in his sermons and now share a lot of information in his book. A very informative and hold your interest book that shows just how God is there for you and how God is in control of all things. The author share scripture verse and in the appendix shares his 50 favorite 40s from the Bible. The book would make a good discussion group book. This quote from the book: “This book is intended as an encouragement to you to carry on and push ahead. And it’s also as example of what can happen when you do.” I received this book free from Tyndale Blog Network Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255