Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.
Isa. 43:19, ESV
There is nothing that will increase your strength and your character like the wilderness does. It is God‘s gym; he works you out on his equipment. Good things will happen to all who will work-out. The desert becomes a place of seperation and resolve.
That’s why the launching pad for Jesus’ public ministry was 40 days in the wilderness – the training for Moses‘ powerful leadership of God’s people was 40 years in the desert – and maybe why you are serving your time in the wilderness, right now. It has to be. It is your place for this moment.
“In the wilderness, where you have seen how the LORD your God carried you, as a man carries his son, all the way that you went until you came to this place.’”
In the desert, the Father keeps a ultra-close eye on all his children. At times of strenuous activity/emotion–he comes and than he carries us. He is exceedingly gentle, and he knows precisely what we need, and he sure doesn’t stint on his grace–he pours it out lavishly. If you’re in the desert, know your God is on duty. Nothing that comes to you slips past His observation and consent. After all, the wilderness is His as well.