“Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end” Deuteronomy 8:16, KJV.
The wilderness is described as a barren and uninhabited place. It wasn’t a place suited for daily living, but a place meant to pass through. Most of all, it was a great place for shepherds to pasture their sheep. The Father could have easily parted the wilderness, just as He did the Red Sea, but He didn’t because there is a purpose for the wilderness.
There is a purpose for your wilderness. The Good Shepherd is pasturing you. Your wilderness appears to have nothing to offer on the outside, but God is doing a mighty work on the inside. There is a proving of the heart there. A humbling of the heart that is created in you. A dependency and trust in God alone. A knowledge of Who God will be for you and that He will provide. You see what God needed to do in you before you could enter into your promised land for your life.
He is going to get you to your promised land. You will not die in your wilderness. Don’t go back to where He brought you from. This will be used for your latter end, where He is taking you. He is molding you and know that you are passing through it.
Prayer: Father, this doesn’t feel good what I’m going through. Yet, I will trust You. In this wilderness experience, mold me. Shape me into the man You have called me to be. I’m not going back. Prove me and have Your way. I will yet praise You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Study: Exodus 14:11-12, Psalm 23, Matthew 4:1