Summary: Why did God make wilderness places anyway? God also knew that the wilderness is an ideal place to test his people and to help them learn faith and endurance.
Midbar, arabah and eremos—Biblical wilderness
midbar has the meaning of “speak” or “word.” God speaks to us in the wilderness. God also humbles and proves us in the wilderness (Deut. 8:2). The wilderness period can last days, or years, depending on how quickly we learn its lessons.
wilderness” is eremos (or eremia), an isolated place.
Why did God make wilderness places anyway? God also knew that the wilderness is an ideal place to test his people and to help them learn faith and endurance.
“Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.”
??Isaiah? ?43:19? ?
Deuteronomy 1:2, that it should have taken only eleven days to go from Horeb to Kadesh Barnea, which was on the border of the Promised Land. Yet, it took the children of Israel forty years to make the journey. They got stuck in the wilderness because of unbelief and because God had a few things to teach them.
The wilderness figures at critical junctures in the life of Jesus.
Jesus is baptized by John and then is driven by the Spirit into the wilderness for forty days.
The Devil is there, but so is the Spirit. “A great while before day, he rose and went out to a lonely place, and there he prayed” (Mark 1.35). This records a search for solitude, for self-discovery, for divine presence
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Isa:40:29 “He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength.”
I love you, Lord, my strength.”
“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
What can the desert do for us? It can make us rugged, tough, and strong in faith. It can cause us to develop perseverance and to acquire maturity