God brings us into the wilderness because he wants us to worship him in all settings and circumstances. He wants to show us that he will provide even when the odds are against us.
i have found that anything less of a hatred for glory, praise, and the desire for the applause of men leads me to desire the increase of self and the decrease of Christ.
reminder to self: boast in my weakness. i can do nothing of eternal significance unless it is Christ working in and through me. i am better than no one. i am no better than those who are murderers, rapists, thieves, and the worst of criminals. the only difference at all between me and the lost is Christ in me. we are all depraved without him.