We hear people say the exam was fair; the weather is fair or she has fair skin. Fair implying it’s neither too good nor is it too bad. It is ‘just right’, or mild.
Similarly, a fair weather sailor only sails when the weather is good but when the weather gets stormy he abandons his boat, in other words he’s a recreational sailor. On the other hand, a real sailor sails all the time. So what’s a fair weather sailor when we put it in terms of people? A person who is dependable on in good times but is not in times of trouble. In a biblical context, it’s trusting in God or taking God as your Lord and Savior only when things are good then when things turn sideways you turn away!
Let’s take a look at Job’s life. God was proud to have him as his servant. He had utmost faith in him and his capacity. Job 2:3 Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his integrity, though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason.”Job 2:4 “Skin for skin!” Satan replied. “A man will give all he has for his own life.
Job 2:5 But now stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face.” Can God say the same aboyt you? Even when his whole family went against him, Job didn’t lose faith in God. An example of a real sailor!
What do we learn from this?
The difference is that a fair weather sailor blames the bad weather (circumstances) if an accident happens. The perseverance that Job had in trusting God is unmatched. I oftentimes find myself telling God about the many troubles I face, but totally forgetting about all the things I can thank God for.
In what ways are we being fair weather sailors in our own lives? Be it to those around us or when it comes to our Lord and Savior! Let’s not be like leaves that get wavered by the wind.