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East Coast fisherman chasing after winter tuna often leave the dock well before first light because that’s what it takes to get to the fishing grounds for the early morning bite. Unfortunately, that means traversing the sound and inlet with little or no light. Running 18 or 20 knots into the pitch black of night can be an especially tense time for many captains.

Thankfully, today’s sport fishers have a myriad of electronics that aid in navigation. GPS chart plotters and high definition radar units can help provide some comfort as you make the trek to open water. But even the latest and greatest electronic gear can’t deliver the same security as actually being able to see with your own eyes the way through the markers. Even if you’re following a proven track line, are certain of your GPS position within the channel or have radar assurance of the next buoy’s location, nothing can replace actually being able to see red and green.

Let’s face it; it takes faith to trust the results of an electronic screen for the safety of your crew.

 

Hebrews 11:1-6

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead. By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

 

What is faith? This question has been asked by many throughout history – great scholars, common peasants and even theologians struggle with a solid understanding of faith. Thankfully, the writer of Hebrews answers this question with a clear definition. Faith is simply knowing – and trusting in – something that we cannot prove.

We all know something. Each of us has the capacity to think, understand, reason, obtain knowledge and decipher information. When it comes to the things of God, we either know Him or we don’t. Some may know the One True God, while others recognize the gods of Muhammad, Buddha or Mother Earth. We either know that we are created beings made in God’s image, or we believe that we are the result of cosmic goo and millions of years of time. Every single one of us has a foundation for what we claim to know. That foundation is either based upon our own assumptions or based upon what God has revealed to us through His Word.

Faith is when we take what we claim to know one step further. Faith is putting our full confidence and trust in what we know. Faith is taking what we know in our minds and believing it in our hearts.

Every day, we exercise faith on some level. We know that a chair is designed to hold us, so we exercise faith when we sit down with confidence. We know that automotive brake systems are designed to slow vehicles down, so we exercise faith when we slam on the brakes for a child who has run out in front of us. We know that airplanes are designed to carry passengers quickly across hundreds of miles, so we exercise faith when we board a jumbo-sized tin can that will travel across continents at 35,000 feet.

There are multiple accounts in the Old Testament of those who exercised their faith in God. Hebrews 11 names just a few who believed in God and believed that what He said was true. Do you truly believe what you claim to know? Do you believe God? Do you believe that God’s Word is absolute truth?

Our prayer is that you know Jesus – and that you exercise your faith in Him.

Tip:

You never know when you may find yourself in poor visibility conditions. You may never leave in the dark, but even daytime torrential thunderstorms can severely limit your perception. To help provide security during these events, consider using your man overboard key to establish waypoints for common routes.  This is especially important for routes that go through areas that are not consistently mapped on your electronic charts. Unlike track lines, saved waypoints will always be there to ensure you stay in a safe position. (DW)

 

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