I am reading Deuteronomy to prepare for my Father's Day talk in 7 days on 06.15.08.
Deut.1.2 says (It takes eleven days to go from Horeb to Kadesh Barnea by the Mount Seir road.) In the fortieth year, on the first day of the eleventh month, Moses proclaimed to the Israelites all that the LORD had commanded him concerning them.
I remember reading these two verses many years ago. I thought and wondered why does it take 40 years to do an 11 day journey? Deut.8.2 gives us some insight to this question... "Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands."
We are led by the Lord into a wilderness to humble us, to test us and to know what is in our hearts.
Debbie and I have definitely experienced "the wilderness". It was a very hard and painful time from 1992-2001. We were in a hard personal time with two prodigal sons and a hard ministry assignment. Looking back on those years, we see how the Lord was leading us and humbling us and testing us to see what was in our hearts. I think the wilderness is part of God's school in developing His children. You? Have you experienced the wilderness yet? What has the Lord taught you in and through it?