It is probable that the day you gave your life to Christ someone had told you “if you give your life to Christ He will take away all your troubles and you will be happy for ever after.”
That is true; but that is milk for babies. I want to talk about bones to adults.
Hear what God tells His children in Deuteronomy 8:2-3.
And you shall remember all the way which the Lord your God led you thee forty years in the wilderness, to humble you, and to test you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments, or not.
And he humbled you, and allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna, which you knew not, neither did your fathers know; that he might make you know that man does not live by bead only , but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord does man live.
If you are called to be a Christian leader, the question is not whether you will go through the wilderness, but when that is going to happen.
You might have been called to lead Israel to the Promise Land, but just before you kill another Egyptian in your attempt to do ministry with your own power and wisdom, God will drive you into the wilderness and get some flesh out of you.
The wilderness will teach you to acknowledge God in all your ways.
The wilderness will humble and make you know that you can’t depend on your own strength.
The wilderness will reveal to you what is really in you. You will know yourself, your weaknesses and strengths.
In the wilderness you will learn to make God and His word your number one priority.
Fellow leader, I pray that your wilderness experience will not kill you, harden you or weaken you.
I pray that you will come out of there tougher, stronger and well-equipped for the Master’s use.