The Wilderness...Is it really necessary?

We run to comforts, not away from them. Why would we, or why should we proactively seek out times of less comfort?

God has done His greatest teaching, since the beginning of time, through time spent in the Wilderness. As Charles Spurgeon put it, "The wilderness was the Oxford and Cambridge for God’s students. There they went to the University, and He taught and trained them."

When the comforts of life are stripped away, the real us has a way of rising to the surface. Then, and only then, can we evaluate who or what we have placed as #1 in our life. If it is not God, we get to realign our priorities and place Him back on the throne. When we can pass the Wilderness test as Jesus did, then we can stop going back.

“Yet comfort’s golden age has a hidden dark side. While we can imagine what a difficult environment might feel like, very few of us routinely experience the stresses of our forebears. With no challenge to overcome, frontier to press, or threat to flee from, the humans of this millennium are overstuffed, overheated, and under-stimulated. The struggles of us privileged denizens of the developed world - getting a job, funding a retirement, getting kids into a good school, posting the right social media update - pale in comparison to the daily threats of death or deprivation that our ancestors faced. Despite this apparent victory, success over the natural world hasn’t made our bodies stronger. Quite the opposite, in fact: Effortless comfort has mad us fat, lazy, and increasingly in ill health.”
— Scott Carney

God desires for our lives to be solely focused on Him. He wants to help us rid our lives of those things that are not of Him. We get to choose whether we want to actively engage in this process or run from it until we run out of options. 

The Wilderness is necessary. It has been necessary since the beginning. It remains necessary.