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Sportsmen's Devotional - Thin Ice

Updated: Mar 3

Bible Verse/Version

“He lifted my feet out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” - Psalm 40:2 (NIV)


    This morning, I got a notification that an Ice Fishing Derby on the lake where I live is canceled for this weekend.  It’s Friday, and the derby was supposed to be tomorrow.  We’ve had a super mild winter here in Michigan, and we only had about 4 good days to ice fish before the most recent warm up began.  Normally the lake is littered with ice shanties, but right now, there’s not even one on the lake.  The ice is punky, varying in thickness from hardly any ice up to about 8”.  In order for it to be safe, there has to be about 4” of solid ice to walk on, and more than that to bring a quad, side-by-side, or truck out onto it. The officials of the derby made the right call. There truly is no place safe to stand  or walk.

Action Point:

    It reminds me of how important it is to have solid footing.  Psalm 40 tells us that God provides us a firm place to stand.  Without God in our lives, we would be slip sliding all over the place, taking plunges into the depths of our own “wisdom”.  It’s important to remember how God has given us a firm foundation for our lives to built on, now and into the future. 

Sportsman’s Tip of the Day:

      If you put up a permanent ice shanty for the winter on a lake, you have to dislodge it from the ice and set the base up on boards every few weeks, or you won’t be able to get the shanty out at the end of the year. Not dislodging the shanty is a sure fire way for your shanty to end up on the bottom of the lake at the end of the season. 

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