YaHuWaH is not punishing us in the wilderness. He is preparing us. The desert is vital in our training and helps us receive what He plans to accomplish in us.
There are things YaHuWaH 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, YaHuWaH 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)).
I. [מִדְבָּר] noun masculine mouth, as organ of speech, — נָאוֶה מִדְבָּרֵךְ thy mouth is lovely Son_4:3 || ᵐ5 שִׁפְתוֺתַיִךְ, λαλιά, Jerome eloquium.
II. מִדְבָּר270 noun masculine wilderness — Deu_32:10 +; with ה locative מִדְבָּ֫רָה Jos_18:12 Jos_18:15t.; construct Exo_15:22 +; מִדְבַּ֫רָה 1Ki_19:15; suffix מִדְבָּרָהּ Isa_51:3; —
1 tracts of land, used for the pasturage of flocks and herds, מִדְבָּר נְאוֺת דָּֽשְׁאוּ the pastures of the wilderness put forth green grass Joe_2:22; נ ׳יִרְעֲפוּ ׳מ the pastures of the wilderness drop (fertility) Psa_65:13; נ ׳יָָֽבְשׁוּ ׳מ are dried up Jer_23:10, compare Jer_9:9; Joe_1:19-20,.
2 uninhabited land, בּוֺ לֹאאָֿדָם מִדְבָּר wilderness in which is no man Job_38:26; the abode of pelicans Psa_102:7; wild asses Job_24:5; Jer_2:24; jackals Mal_1:3; ostriches Lam_4:3; אֶתעַֿמִּי וְֶאעֶזְבָה אֹרְחִים מְלוֺן בַמִּדְבָּר מִייִֿתְּנֵנִי O that I had in the wilderness a lodging place of wayfarers, that I might leave my people Jer_9:1; מִדְבָּר בְּאֶרֶץ שֶׁבֶת טוֺב better to dwell in a desert land, than with a contentious woman Pro_21:19; יְשִׁמֹן יְלֵל וּבְתֹהוּ מִדְבָּר בְּאֶרֶץ in a desert land, and in a waste howling wilderness Deu_32:10.
3 large tracts of such land bearing various names, in certain districts of which there might be towns and cities: קֵדָר תֵּשֵׁב חֲצֵרִים וְעָרָיו מִדְבָּר יִשְׂאוּ let the wilderness and its cities lift up (their voice), the villages that Kedar doth inhabit Isa_42:11. There were six cities in the wilderness of Judah Jos_15:61-62, הַמִּדְבָּר usually = wilderness of the wanderings Gen_14:6; Num_14:16, Num_14:29, Num_14:32, Num_14:33 (twice in verse) +, or the great Arabian desert Jdg_11:22 +; but may also refer to any other Son_3:6; Son_8:5. Special tracts — (a) of the wilderness of the wandering were ׳מ שׁוּר Exo_15:22, סיןExo_16:1 +, סיני Exo_19:1 +, פארן Num_13:26 +, צן Num_20:1 +, קדשׁ Psa_29:8, אתם Num_33:8; (b) in West Palestine ׳מ יהודה Jdg_1:16; Psa_63:1 compare Jos_15:61, מעוֺן 1Sa_23:24-25, זיף 1Sa_23:15; 1Sa_26:2, שׁבע באר Gen_21:14, גדי עין 1Sa_24:2, תקוע2Ch_20:20, ירואל2Ch_20:16, גבעון 2Sa_2:24; (c) in Eastern Palestine מואב Deu_2:8, אדום 2Ki_3:8, קדמות Deu_2:26.
4 figurative צִיָּה כְּאֶרֶץ וְשַׁתִּהָ כַמִּדְבָּר וְשַׂמְתִּיהָ and (lest I) make her as a wilderness and set her like a dry land Hos_2:5; לְיִשְׂרָאֵל הָיִיתִי הֲמִדְבָּר have I been a wilderness to Israel? Jer_2:31.
דבשׁ (√ of following; compare Arabic IX. become black or brown, of a color between black and red; see derivatives; so Fl see below; yet verb in this meaning perhaps denominative from i.e. having the color of dibs).
Treasure is only given in the desert. YaHuWaH 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 Him… to give favor to others because we need it so often ourselves…
Worth… How much YaHuWaH 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 YaHuWaH instead of striving and “reasoning” and coming up with our own plans and methods.. to be at rest because He is trustworthy..
Timing.. that YaHuWaH 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 YaHuWaH 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.
YaHuWaH’s promises… what YaHuWaH 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 YaHuWaH says… to be positive because of who YaHuWaH 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 anymore, but for Him.
Compassion… learning to listen before speaking.. caring for someone else along the road.. to bear YaHuWaH’s heart for others.
Perseverance… continuing to do what’s right when no one but YaHuWaH 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 YaHuWaH 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 YaHuWaH 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 YaHuWaH, not self.