Reading from the Book of Psalm 78...
Psalm 78 describes some of the things that happened to the Israelites as they journeyed from Egypt to the Promised Land. Despite God's gracious and miraculous provision for them time and time again, they were very stubborn and rebellious during their years in the wilderness. That is what caused them to die out there. They simply would not do what God told them to do! They would cry out to God to get them out of trouble when they got into a mess. They would even respond to His instructions with obedience...until circumstances improved. Then, repeatedly, they would go back into rebellion.
If we are not walking in wisdom, we will spend our lives doing the same thing. We need to learn from their mistakes and not repeat them in our own lives. Some of us are a little more strong-willed then others. And then, of course, we must consider our roots and how we got started in life, because that affects us, too. The Lord demands that we give up our own ways and become moldable in His hands. As long as we are stubborn and rebellious, He cannot use us.
We grow in our ability and willingness to lay aside our will and do His. We must continue to make progress in this area everyday. It is not enough to reach a certain plateau and think, "I have gone as far as I am going to go". We must be obedient in all things, not holding back anything in keeping any doors in our lives closed to the Lord.
Let Him do a work in you so that you can "leave your wilderness" and enter your Promised Land.