Throughout the pages of scripture, new things were frequently revealed in the wilderness.
-In the pit in the wilderness, Joseph began a journey that would take him to his destiny.
-Moses received a new opportunity to fulfill destiny as he stood by a burning bush in the wilderness.
-Tired and discouraged, the Prophet Elijah retreated to the wilderness wanting to die. Instead, he received strength and encouragement and a new mandate of ministry.
-John the Baptist grew up in the wilderness, being prepared to make the way for one greater than he--the Lamb of God who would take away the sins of the world.
-Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness before beginning His earthly ministry.
-The Apostle Paul withdrew to the desert to prepare for a new ministry--he would reach the Gentile nations of the world.
-Exiled on lonely Patmos, John received a new revelation of the end-times unparalleled before or since.
Through the Prophet Isaiah, God promised:
Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. (Isaiah 43:18)
Right there in the midst of your difficulties--in the neediness of your desert experience, God wants to do new things in your life. He will make a way for you, and it won't be a dry, desolate path. It will be a path that will stretch beside "rivers in the desert."
A new destiny, a new refreshment, a new revelation. What new thing does God want to do in your desert?
Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them. (Isaiah 42:9)