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Step Up!

When a woodchuck started eating our garage (well, just the trim), I bought a live trap with plans to transplant the little guy to a park. I baited it with an assortment of goodies and opened the trap door. The next morning, I was excited to see a little critter in my trap—until I noticed that it was no woodchuck. I had snared a skunk.

I went online to see how to untrap the skunk without having it . . . well, you know. The solutions were extremely cautious in their descriptions of how to protect yourself while releasing the animal. Plastic bags. Gloves. Tarps. Blankets. Goggles. The task looked daunting and dangerous.

Then my son-in-law Ewing stepped up. He simply walked over to the trap, opened the door, and coaxed our striped friend on its way with a few sprays from the garden hose.

Sometimes our fears can lead to inaction. We worry so much about protecting ourselves that we fail to simply step up. When King Asa learned that the Lord wanted him to remove the idols from Israel, he “took courage” (2 Chron. 15:8). He could have had a rebellion on his hands for doing this. But he stepped up, and as a result the nation rejoiced (v.15).

Facing a spiritual challenge? The Lord will help you step up with courage and trust Him for the outcome.

Let the road be rough and dreary,
And its end far out of sight,
Foot it bravely, strong or weary;
Trust in God and do the right. —Macleod
Courage is fear that has said its prayers.


While the books of Samuel and Kings follow the monarchy from the days of Saul all the way into the divided kingdom, the books of Chronicles devote only one chapter to Saul (1 Chron. 10). The writer spends most of his time and effort recording the reigns of David and Solomon, presenting their reigns as the high point of Israel’s history.

20 thoughts on “Step Up!

  1. mario says:

    Great message/reminder. I understand fear is part of the trial/temptation being experienced by believers especially the new ones. I for one who come from a broken family and who have accepted Christ for so many years now is still bothered by fears from time to time. Yes, we all know it is the devil who just won’t stop trying to put us down and make us blame the Lord for all the “not so nice” things that happened to us in the past or may still be happening (most often in our relationship with our relatives/friends who are not yet believers). But we praise God through our Lord Jesus Christ that He gave us the Spirit who guides and reminds us of God’s powerful words which we use in resisting the devil (Jn 14:26//1 Jn 4:15-18//Eph 6:10-17//Mt 4:1-11). I learned from a pastor that this is what Romans 8:1-9 and Gal 5:16-17 are all about – the Spirit (word of God – Jn 6:63) versus the flesh (worldly things – 1 Jn 2:15-17). And we are all taught that only through our faith in the Lord Jeus, we will overcome (1 Jn 5:1-5). To God be the glory!

  2. bubbles says:

    This passage shows us even long ago that God needed people with backbone to stand up for what was right. God give us the courage to stand for what is right in today’s times. It may be difficult at times but even though it’s harder, it’s worth it. Nathan had to stand before David and relay the message from God that his choices were wrong. As king, I wonder if David could have had Nathan put to death, if he had wanted. If that is true, Nathan had to be courageous. If Nathan did not fear for his life, he still had to have courage to stand before a king and give a difficult message.

  3. debdebmusic says:

    Normally, I wouldn’t leave this kind of reply, but Jeffery, please be more positive with your comments. If you want to criticize, it might be best to talk privately with the Daily Bread people and not in public where the name of the Lord is hurt.

  4. poohpity says:

    It is so beneficial to a reader the life application of scripture. Thank you ODB for having a story that surfaces a theme, adding talking points and giving us a take away. The best way for any good devotional bible study.

    I also want to thank all those who have shared your life application as well as sharing what God is doing in your life. Any one can read the Bible but making it real to our everyday life I believe is what helps us to grow in our knowledge and understanding of our Lord.

  5. ktbsu says:

    As always, excellent thought provoking devotionals. As I thought about Asa and his situation, several questions arose one right after the other – As I face my giants today just as big as David’s, how big is my God? How much do I believe His word? Is my God real? As I pondered on these questions many Bible verses came to mind especially verses from Romans 8 (read the whole chapter). “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31

    “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.” 1 John 4:18

    As I read your closing phrase my thoughts we to James 5:16 “Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” This passage reminds me of the intensity of my prayer-pray without seizing and my integrity – have I confessed my sins before my Father. In my Bible I have written your your ending phrase: Courage is fear that has said its fervent prayers.

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