What's the most dangerous job in America? You'd be surprised. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job with the highest death rate in 2011 was...fishing! That's right - fishing! In 2011, the death rate per 100,000 fisherman was 121.2, clearly surpassing the rate for loggers, pilots, roofers, and iron workers.
Deep sea fishing has always carried the inherent risk of death due to boats capsizing in stormy weather. And, while the risk is high these days, it was even higher in biblical times.
With all the risk on the high seas, is there any blessing for being a fisherman? Actually, there is. Psalm 107:23-24 puts it this way:
“They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep.”
The psalm goes on to talk about the LORD's miracles of calmed seas, ended storms, etc. In other words, sometimes the stormiest times of our lives turn out to be the most blessed, because these are the times when we truly need God, and seek Him with all our heart.
You might not be a professional fisherman, but perhaps you've been experiencing some storms of your own recently. Just know that these are the times when you'll truly see the LORD work in your life.
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