July 4th & The Fog of War
The ‘fog of war’ is a term used by author and counselor John Eldredge to describe some sort of a heavy cloud affecting our psyche and spirit caused by the weight of the spiritual battle the surrounds us.
In The Civil War - and especially around July 4, 1863 - many soldiers wrote home of their personal uncertainties in the midst of horror. Quite understandably, there were was much fog between their written lines to mom and dad and family.
Underlying a lot of concerns were concerns about strategy by leadership - superiors in their ranks, Lincoln or Lee, etc.
The obvious portal to heaven here is that when things are “going south” (pun intended), we immediately knee-jerk the question, “Does my Superior Being really know what he’s doing? After all, I’m obeying the orders and the battles still rage on and I’ve lost some dear friends and seen misery and there are a lot of things that seem so unfair and I might be one of the casualties in the next conflict.”
When the fog of war hits, what would your letter home look like today and why?
PORTAL TO HEAVEN: The history of warfare sheds a lot of light on spiritual warfare and our internal battles. It’s a portal to heaven in that it shines a spotlight on the deepest recesses of our heart where we hide in caves of caution and confusion.
When you pass through the waters,I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze…’I have sinned,’ Saul admitted. ‘I disobeyed both you and the Lord. I was afraid of the army, and I listened to them instead…but Jesus asked him, ‘Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?’…Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding…my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts…
Isaiah 43:2 NIV1 Samuel 15:24 CEV, Luke 22:48, Proverbs 3:5 NIV, Isaiah 55:9 NIV