YHWH is not punishing us in the wilderness. He is preparing us. The desert is vital to the training us are receiving for where He plans to take us.
There are things YHWH wants to take out and put into our lives in the desert. All of His children go there in some way or some time before coming to their promised land. In the desert, if we are willing and obedient, YHWH strips us of the “Mitsrayim” (“Egypt”) that we’ve carried within us.
Ancient Hebrew definition for Be MiDBaR – I Wilderness: A place of order, a sanctuary (Strongs #4057: AHLB#: 2093 (h)).
Treasures given only in the desert.. YHWH writes on our hearts things we must have to be His servants in the places we are going. He builds in us what can’t be shaken.
Humility… We begin to learn about our weaknesses and motivations and how much we need a Him… to give favour to others because we need it so often ourselves…
Worth… How much YHWH loves us… in the secret place, even when He is silent, we come to realize that He is there and listening…
To value leadership… How much value there is in counsel, covering, and confirmation.
Trust… How to trust YHWH instead of striving and “reasoning” and coming up with our own plans and methods.. to be at rest because He is trustworthy..
Timing.. that YHWH can’t be hurried.
Stability.. not to live in our emotions or under the circumstances but to become steady and at peace.
Scriptural sorrow and repentance… time to see what YHWH is revealing about us and to turn from self-pity to abhorrence of sin…seeing that position, possession, places, and people are gifts, not Life itself…to turn to the Creator instead of the creature for fulfillment.. seeing the beings’ idols and tearing them down to build the altar of the Master.
YHWH’s promises… what YHWH promises to a repentant heart…what the good news of the Kingdom really is for us…getting what we “know” in our head down into a living reality in our heart and life.
Vision… to see beyond what the world says about us to what YHWH says… to be positive because of who YHWH is.. going beyond the “what about me?’s..”
Warfare… how to stand…how to use the word… how to choose what pleases Him.
Purpose… to set our heart on Him and His plans that are eternal, which won’t wear out.. Not to live for ourselves any more, but for Him.
Compassion… learning to listen before speaking.. caring for someone else along the road.. to bear YHWH’s heart for others.
Perseverance… continuing to do what’s right when no one but YHWH is watching… like weight training repetitions, over and over and over…
Fearing Elohim and no longer man… putting priorities in the right places…caring more about honoring YHWH and receiving His approval than anyone else’s.. resulting in freedom from control, manipulation, intimidation, praise, and rejection
Dependence and obedience… We learn to obey YHWH right away in all that He says…If He doesn’t take us there, we don’t want to go… if He doesn’t provide it, we don’t want it… if we need it, He Himself will give it to us in His own way at the best time..
Contentment… because we have received the deepest longing of our hearts…relationship with Him, intimacy with Him, trusting dependence on Him… completeness in Him… focus on bringing pleasure to YHWH, not self.