“Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians?  For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness” (Exodus 14:12).  

It is never better to be a servant of the world than to be in the center of God’s will.  The wilderness may have been inconvenient, but it was the will of God.  The wilderness may have been uncomfortable, but it was the will of God.  The wilderness may have been barren and dry, but it was the will of God.  The wilderness may have been desolate and lonely, but it was the will of God.  The wilderness may have been inhospitable, but it was the will of God.  It was where God’s presence was seen and felt.  It was where God spoke to His people.  It was where God led His people.  It was where God provided for His people.  It was where God was.

No, it is never better to be out of the will of God regardless of what the world has to offer.

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever” (1 John 2:15-17).


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Tom Apusen

Tom Apusen, Assistant Pastor

Tom Apusen is an Assistant Pastor at North Valley Baptist Church. He is the pastor of the Filipino Department, and he heads up the missions, security, and transportation ministries.