Anyone who has ventured offshore knows that the wind and water can have a major impact on your fishing day. The ease of fishing on a slick, calm day can quickly be forgotten when your hands have to stay glued to the wheel and the bow pointed into a strong head or following sea. Fishing in heavy seas can take an otherwise relaxing, peaceful, enjoyable pastime and turn it into a day full of stomach churning anxiety and tenseness for both the captain and the anglers or mates. On a rough day, the captain still has to keep an eye on the fishfinder, keep track of your plot, scan for signs of life on the water and watch the other boats around you…..in addition to the added pressure of keeping an eye out for “rogue” waves as the boat maneuvers. No captain wants to see a breaking wave come broadside, sweeping deckhands overboard, especially in frigid water!
1 Peter 5:8-9
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
The Apostle Peter’s words to suffering first century Christians were quick and to the point. Be self-controlled and alert because the enemy is actively looking for an opportunity to attack you. His warning was clear: we are to always be prepared, ready for the attack. We are to be on guard – making sure our prideful nature doesn’t fool us into thinking we are indestructible. Proverbs 16:18 says “pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.”
As soon as you think sin has no control over you, or that the devil and his demonic following don’t have any real power, then you are in the perfect position for a fall. And your fall will come. Just as those first century Christians were devoured by lions in the Roman Coliseum at the hands of Nero, Satan desires to do the same, to defeat believers and their testimony.
The secret to withstanding the devil’s attack is to resist. Yes, the devil can be resisted. The original Greek word used in the text is “Antistete”, which means to resist, to oppose and to withstand. How is it ever possible to stand firm against one as powerful as Satan? The answer is in Christ.
Only by standing firm in your faith do you have the power to resist the devil’s attacks and to withstand his fiery darts. Satan is a defeated enemy. That is worth repeating… Satan is a defeated enemy. Christ has conquered death; and you are no longer a slave to sin. Believers have the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18) at their disposal when – not if – the devil starts to attack.
Lastly, brothers, you are not alone. You are surrounded by fellow believers in Christ who are enduring the same trials and sufferings. When a lion approaches its prey, that antelope or deer knows to head for its herd because there is safety and security in numbers. Take comfort in knowing that when God saved you, he saved you into a community that will stand firm with you.
Thank you, Lord.
Just as in life, when the seas are rough, preparation becomes more critical. As you leave the dock and head to the fishing grounds, take into consideration the areas you want to fish AND the direction that the current or swell will push you. If the current and swell are running northward, then start fishing on the southern end, working your way up into the prime fishing grounds. This will give you more time on productive water and you won’t have to work hard against the head sea. (DW)