Numbers 21:5 - And the people spoke against God and against Moses, "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food." The ancient Israelite's captivity in Egypt represents the captivity of individual people to sin and the devil and the escape from Egypt represents salvation. The Wilderness represents the journey of purification and training that individual Christians pass through in preparation for the Promised Land. And the Promised Land represents the fulfillment of God's plan for an individual Christian's life in a specific place and calling. Since the Wilderness is a place of purification and preparation, it has some unpleasant features. Here are a few of them: For one, it is a journey led by God through desolate and barren places one would avoid under normal circumstances; it is a journey of deprivation that tests one's faith and resolve to follow God to the end. Second, it is a journey in the Wilderness and, as a result, there is no sense of having found a stable position or place in life. Third, it is a place where you must learn how to depend on God for everything. And finally, it is a journey that pressures the buried sin in one's life to the surface so it can be dealt with before entering the Promised Land.