I just re-readThe Art of War. Many modern writers have reproduced those Chinese proverbs etched onto bamboo sticks in 450 BC +/- by Sun Tzu. The reproduction I read was by Samuel B. Griffith; a Marine Brigadier General. Griffith served in China before deploying to WW II. After the war he returned to China where he continued studying Chinese culture and battle history. Griffith’s account of The Art of War (TAOW) is solid.
A premise of TAOW is, “Know your enemy, know yourself.”
Considering that, I read TAOW this time as a reminder of how Satan attacks us.
Satan was such a powerful adversary to God that he persuaded 1/3 of the angels in his rebellion. He remains such a serious enemy, determined to destroy us.
Think about it…
Read each of these lines from TAOW, as if Satan uses them to prepare attacks on you. You are the enemy as Satan considers each line.
- All warfare is based on deception. Therefore, when capable, feign incapacity; when active, inactivity. When near, make it appear that you are far away; when far away, that you are near.
- Offer the enemy a bait to lure him; feign disorder and strike him. When he concentrates prepare against him; where he is strong, avoid him.
- Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance. Keep him under a strain and wear him down. When he is united, divide him. Attack where he is unprepared; sally out when he does not expect you.
- He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious.
- Those skilled at making the enemy move do so by creating a situation to which he must conform; they entice him with something he is certain to take, and with lures of ostensible profit they await him in strength.
- To be certain to take what you attack is to attack a place the enemy does not protect.
- The enemy must not know where I intend to give battle.
- When the enemy occupies high ground, do not confront him.
- He who lacks foresight and underestimates his enemy will surely be captured by him.
- Take advantage of the enemy’s unpreparedness; travel by unexpected routes and strike him where he has taken no precautions.
- If you are not in danger, do not fight.
- There is no place where espionage is not used.