Sometimes I need to be in the wilderness, so my faith can become mature and well developed. Yeah, I know, that doesn’t sound like a good deal at all, does it?
In the wilderness we:
- See His miracles more clearly
- Feel His presence more intensely
- Worship Him more authentically
- Obey Him more sincerely
When we try to advance our plans we miss His. James encourages Believers who are going through trials, “Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.” James 1:2-4 (The MSG)
With this in mind, the wilderness doesn’t seem like such a bad place.