Then Yeshua was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness …
‘Adonai spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai’ (Numbers 1:1).
Do you feel your life traversing a time of wilderness? Neither fear nor despair for it He, the Creator of your soul who brought you there.
‘Wildernesses’ hold special places in our lives. They become forever reference points. They often are places of refuge (Revelations 12:6), provision (Deuteronomy 8:16), revelation (Revelations 17:3), and maturing (Deuteronomy 8:2-3).
Our fathers’ crossing the desert was really their honey-moon with God. Relatively speaking, they had very little cares or worries. They were on God’s never failing welfare system supplied with a constant provision of the most healthy food you can get on this earth, a Fountain of water following them, and the person of Moses through whom they had direct access with God. No wonder they did not want to enter the land where they were going to have to sow fields, reap harvests, organize a government and an effective army.
Adonai remembers these years in the desert with the nostalgia of a husband remembering his early espousals. Through the prophet Hoseah He speaks of alluring His Bride to a desert place where she can give Him her full attention (Hoseah 2:14), then He says, "I remember the devotion of your youth, your love as a bride, how you followed me in the wilderness, in a land not sown (Jeremiah 2:2). Each year at the Feast of Tabernacles we are to remember our simple beginnings with God (Leviticus 23:41-43).
Just like our fathers spent forty years in the desert learning to lean and depend on God in obedience and trust for even their daily food, Yeshua spent forty days and forty night in the wilderness learning the same lessons (Matthew 4:1-12). If both our Fathers and the master had to go though these things, why should we feel slighted when God decides for us to endure what seems to be a dry time?
Cherish your wilderness times. They are times for you to focus your attention on the only things that really matter which are God, His will in your life, and His Words. May we, like our Fathers and our Master also learn, grow and mature from our wilderness times.