40 Years – How Long Have You Waited?


I was reading Acts 4, and was so amazed as I read the verses below. My eyes lingered and I could not move off of two specific words. Fourty years.

“For everyone was praising God for this miraculous sign–the healing of a man who had been lame for more than forty years.” Acts 4:21b-22

40 years he waited for a miracle. 40 years his life had not changed.

Hurt. Sadness. Unanswered Prayers. When would his healing come? He must have given up at some time in his life waiting for things to change. I know I would have. Maybe He was finally okay with his lot that life had handed him. But John and Peter were not! When they came on the scene, they came preaching the good news about Jesus’ resurrection. When they came on the scene, they healed this man in the name of Jesus!

 He was healed in the Name of Jesus!

And what did the “religious” people of their time want to do to them? Encourage? Edify? Exhort? Learn from them? No! Instead they attempted to stop them for spreading the news about Jesus.

Friends, if we are believing that when we are doing God’s good work, only encouragement will come our way, that is not the case. Opposition will come. Keep pressing into the Lord, and pressing forward to do His Good Work! No matter what He has called you to- do it in the name of Jesus! And let all the naysayers go! Do NOT allow their words or actions hurt your heart or ministry of what the Lord is calling you to do in this journey with Him.

I am about to turn 40 and that is why I am so thankful the Lord lead me to this passage of scripture this morning. We can accomplish whatever the Lord has called us to do by:

  1. Believing the Lord- no matter the outcome
  2. Having FIRM faith (Read the complete chapter of Acts 4)
  3. Not growing weary in doing good
  4. Shaking the dust off when others’ comments or actions are hindering what God has called you to do
  5. Keep moving forward in the call of your life with Jesus


We can be encouraged to see what firm faith Peter had after utterly failing Jesus at the cross. What hope we have in knowing, when we fail, we can get right back up and keep trusting in the Lord and keep moving forward with Him.

God does not want us to feel guilty and condemned, He wants us to trust Him and forgive ourselves, others and keep doing what He has called us to do.

Another point the Lord was quick to show me was 40 years this man waited. 

The scriptures do not go into specifics within the text, but the people of the community knew this man had been healed and it was causing a stir. And the religious people did not like that!

The definition of lame is:

crippled or physically disabled, especially in the foot or leg so as to limp or walk with difficulty”

Do you feel “lame” in a specific area of your life? Do you feel like your faith walk is being crippled by something?

Don’t ignore your wounded-ness. Acknowledge it, and keep praying for healing in the name of Jesus! Ask others to pray with you and for you and keep trusting the Lord- your healing is coming in the name of Jesus!

How long have you been waiting to receive healing in your life?

Does it feel like 40 years?

Has it been 40 years?

No matter the time frame or the situation you find yourself in, Jesus wants to heal you!

Psalm 147: 3-6 (NLT) says,

“He heals the brokenhearted
    and bandages their wounds.
He counts the stars
    and calls them all by name.
How great is our Lord! His power is absolute!
    His understanding is beyond comprehension!
The Lord supports the humble,
    but he brings the wicked down into the dust.”

However long your wait has been, trust in the beautiful and precious name of JESUS!

He wants you healed.

He wants you restored.

He wants you to live a life that is redeemed.

He loves you so deeply my friend. I pray that in this very moment we begin to thank the Lord for the healing that is occurring in our hearts and minds. I pray as you go through out your day, fresh hope will wash over your mind.

“…the Lord’s delight is in those who fear him, those who put their hope in his unfailing love.” – Psalm 147: 11 NLT

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  1. Melanie Redd says:

    Great words on waiting, Johanna!

    Thanks for the wonderful lesson and reminders that Jesus is still in the healing business.

    Glad to find our blog and ministry through the “Grace and Truth” links.

    Blessings to you,

  2. Winter says:

    Such encouragement! Thank you so much for sharing. I’ve recently been studying my way through Acts and I remember reading this passage but I didn’t slow down to ponder the 40 years of waiting. So thankful for Jesus’s healing and that His time frame is always on time.

    Visiting from Grace and Truth. Have a blessed weekend!

  3. Melanie O says:

    Great blog Johanna. Very encouraging and truthful. Thanks for sharing what was illuminated to you by Holy Spirit.

  4. Heather @ My Overflowing Cup says:

    WOW! It’s incredible how we can read Scripture and miss such tiny words that convey such an incredible amount of information.

    I will turn 40 this year, too. That really puts the idea of waiting into perspective, doesn’t it?

    Thanks so much for sharing this very timely reminder. It is perfect timing for this season of my life.

    Blessings to you and yours.

  5. MM says:

    I just passed the 40 mark a year or so ago.. and it is hard to imagine waiting that long. But, when we understand that the Lord’s timing is perfect, and always on time, it can help ease the burden of wondering “when”. Wonderful post today 🙂

  6. Jennifer says:

    What an insightful post! I particularly appreciated your point about Peter – how gracious our God is, that a “fall” doesn’t have to be a “fail.” Proverbs 24:16 tells us that a righteous man falls seven times and rises again. We’re not measured by our falls, but by our willingness to accept the divine invitation to rise again! Thank you for linking with us at Grace & Truth!

  7. Debbie Wilson says:

    Johanna, you have a beautiful site. Your insight on expecting encouragement is so wise. Often those we expect to cheer us on are the very ones who douse us with ice water. But the Lord Himself supports us. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Ruthie Gray says:

    Thank you for sharing this. 40 years is a long time! You brought out one point that I’ve been pondering for several years – the fact that we are to be faithful no matter the opposition or even if our ministries don’t flourish right away or the way we feel they should. It’s all God’s ministry, we’re just the vehicles.
    Your site is lovely. Thanks for sharing over at Arabah’s May Day!

    • devotedtomaker says:

      Thank you Ruthie for sharing your thoughts and your kind comments. I like how you said “It’s all God’s ministry, we’re just the vehicles.” Amen sister!!

  9. Jen says:

    Hi, Johanna! 🙂 I’m stopping by from Grace and Truth this week. I love how you broke this verse down and expounded on its meaning! Thanks for sharing this with us at Grace and Truth last week. 🙂
    Jen @ Being Confident of This

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