There's a part of Florida covered with wiry trees called Caribbean Pines. They thrive in really deadly environments. They hold their own against drought, fire and hurricanes. If trees were super heroes these guys would have 20 sequels. In fact, if you plant them in the sort of setting trees should love, they're so hardcore they just shrivel and die rather than live on like a normal tree.
God led the children of Israel through the wilderness: 'to prove [their] character, and... find out whether or not [they] would obey His commandments'. They could choose to give up and shrivel up there, or trust Him to bring them safely to the Promised Land.
When things get too comfortable, your faith actually shrivels. The odd blast of wilderness can be genuinely good for it. Sometimes, then, God allows the fiery draught of very difficult times in order for us to see what's in our faith (is it made of the good, solid stuff that trusts in God?), and to mature it, to chip away at the raw material of our life to get to the true and better person inside. God leads you through the wilderness to prove your character. That also means that He's in control. Your 'wilderness', if you've given your life to God, is both for a purpose (the best there can be: His loving plan for you) and it's safe - in His hands.
So when rough times look like they're about to sweep in, bring it on!
So what now? What hard times have you been brought through lately? What good things have come from them that couldn't have happened otherwise?
Soulfood : Jn 10:1-18, Rev 7:13-17, Ps 23, Lk 15:1-7