Fog of War

by | Jun 15, 2022 | Direction, Journey, Scholarship

War is the realm of uncertainty; three quarters of the factors on which action in war is based are wrapped in a fog of greater or lesser uncertainty. A sensitive and discriminating judgment is called for; a skilled intelligence to scent out the truth. - Carl von Clausewitz

While I was attending my Officer Basic Course with the US Army, I was introduced to the term the “fog of war”. It is credited to a Prussian military analyst named Carl Von Clausewitz, who describes that in combat, there is always a lack of clarity. Both Commanders and Soldiers can experience this fog as there can be, at times, a lack of information that prevents them from seeing the whole battlefield.

In our journey with Jesus, there are many times that we seem to find ourselves walking around in the fog. We are bombarded with uncertainty as our society points out the failings of others. We are consistently reminded of the instability in the world, and we can sometimes feel helpless and hopeless.

Paul, in writing to the church of Corinth (I Corinthians 13:12), tells us that in this life, we see in a mirror dimly, and we know only parts of what is around us. However, the day will come when the fog will be removed, and we will see everything clearly.

Until that day comes, we can take steps to lessen the fog’s power. We must be diligent in our study of the Holy Scriptures. We have to monitor our prayer life, using it as our opportunity to ask God to transform us rather than use it as a time to make requests for our wants. Finally, we must connect with other followers because sometimes others can see a little clearer than we can. The fog is around us, but it will not be forever.

Journeying Together,

John

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