It was the most attractive offer I had ever been given. But I knew God would kill me if I took it.

When Linda and I first came to Chicago with our infant children, we lived in a fourth-floor apartment with no furniture. My biggest fear was my children falling from the floor-level windows.

A short time after our move, a large church in Ohio offered me the senior pastorate. The current pastor had died and the church needed a replacement. The position came with a four-bedroom parsonage and a trout stream behind it. I gave the offer some thought: if I accepted, everything in our lives would change for the better.

But I didn’t take the position. I was scared to take it, because I know God called me to Chicago. Nearly 40 years later, I believe I made the right decision. Where we were, in our meager surroundings, was right where God wanted us. That’s where God could bless us.

When God has made His will clear to you, don’t let anything stop you from doing it. Maybe someday you will be forced to choose between a better job and a closer walk with God. Or moving to a nicer house would put you a greater distance from your local church. The safest place to be is in the will of God. Living in the fear of God will keep you there.

The remarkable thing about fearing God is . . . you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God, you fear everything else. — Oswald Chambers

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder