And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord. –Deuteronomy 8:2-3
Have you been going through a time of struggle and hardship in your walk with God? Has your faith been tested leaving you in trial and temptation so that you cry out, “Where are you Lord? I need you!” If so, this is probably exactly where God wants you.
Immediately after Jesus was baptized the Holy Spirit drove Him into the wilderness where He was tempted for forty days. What’s significant about this is that Jesus had to go through this process before He could start His ministry. This was not an easy time for Him. He was tempted, hungry, humbled, and completely dependent on the word of God to overcome Satan.
Matthew 4:3-4 says:
Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”
He quoted the words that Moses had said about God teaching the Israelites while in the wilderness to be dependent on Him.
If you are in a time of wilderness in your walk with God then rejoice in your trial because God is teaching you something. He is preparing you so that you might be useful for a greater purpose. So embrace this trial and run the race with endurance, looking unto Jesus! Give God all the glory through this process because it’s not about you. Perhaps that’s what God is teaching you. John the Baptist said it best, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”