Today’s Scripture: But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

It is funny how sometimes God calls you to the last place on earth you want to go. In your mind, you think ‘No, no, no, Lord. This cannot possibly be where you want me. It is by far the most difficult option.’ But then, He does something amazing when you take that step of faith. He makes ends meet in ways you never thought possible, and the power of God becomes more real in your life than it ever has before. Our move to Chicago was one of those moments for me and my family.

In college, we often looked at a map of where other students had gone to start churches. Our eyes always ended up on the blank spot of the map-Chicago. No one had even attempted to start anything there and although we felt a tug in that direction, we hoped that God wouldn’t call us there either. But, after hearing a message from Dr. Mark Cambron who said, “You need to go where God has called you to go, even if you have two kids in diapers and school bills to pay.”

We turned to each other after that message and together said, “Looks like we’re going to Chicago!”

So, we came to Chicago with both of our children in diapers as we tried to pay off school bills and make ends meet any way that we could. By the grace of God, a wonderful couple, Otto and Joanne Knotternus, offered us the use of their storefront for our church services free of charge. Linda and I held our very first church service there in January of 1972. We also began a youth ranch that won many teens to the Lord and even reached several of the gangs in the area for Christ. Watching the way the Lord worked in that first year of our ministry still amazes me. From receiving the call to go to Chicago so clearly from Dr. Cambron to watching the Lord provide for our kids, our bills, and for our first meeting place, I saw the Lord in a whole new light.

Just as He met my needs, He can meet yours above and beyond what you could ever hope for!

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder