Have you ever been troubled by sins that you committed in the past? Have you read the Bible but found it didn't mean anything to you? Did you receive counsel that didn't seem to have value? Have you cried out for help and still not sensed God entering your problem? Of course, you have had isolated times when some of these things have happened to you. Every believer has. These have been times that are wasted, wilderness places.
Each of us has within him a nagging atheist, along with the beautiful and precious Holy Spirit of our God. This atheist, our unbelieving Adam nature, will prompt us to doubt and to disbelieve the character of God. It will accuse us of things we've done and remind us of sins that have long ago been forgotten in the mind of Christ. It will discredit the character of the Lord and try to depersonalize His ministry. It will tell us that our sins are deeper than God's reservoir of mercy.
God knows all about this. Many of us have accepted Christ's identification with us on Calvary and we praise God for salvation. But many have not received the identity Christ has for them today, which is that they are brand-new creatures, perfect in their position and looked upon by God the Father as being in His Son. The Lord wants us to know experientially what it means to have the life of Christ in us through grace, moment by moment. Each time we fail, the Lord says that He will comfort all our waste places.