Below freezing. Uncomfortable. Lying prone on the ground, hidden from the full moon by the shadows of the underbrush at the tree line. Glad to be there with my rifle pointed at the dirt road 20 feet below and 30 yards out. There were nine of us in the ambush party. Silently waiting. Waiting and hoping the North Koreans would show up in our kill zone. The same North Koreans who had ambushed and killed six of our 2nd Infantry Division soldiers in the DMZ just three weeks earlier. 1
The ambush is a deadly weapon of war. Efficient, effective and lethal, so much so, that after a defeat at the hands of the City of Ai, God told Joshua to use an ambush:
“Listen carefully. You are to set an ambush behind the city.
Do not go very far from it. All of you be on the alert”
(Joshua 8:4 NIV).
I was involved in one real ambush in the Korean DMZ in 1966, and several dozen ambushes in training exercises at the U.S. Army Ranger School, Infantry Officer Candidate School, and the 20th Special Forces. I know when you are caught in a physical ambush the shock and surprise is absolutely breathtaking and disorienting.
From personal experience I can tell you, the same is true when you are caught in a spiritual ambush. The Army Ranger response to physical ambushes is used here as a metaphor for how Christians can confront spiritual ambushes in the workplace.
In a physical war the impact of an ambush can turn the tide of battle. A spiritual ambush can have the same impact on Christians when the dark forces of Ephesians 6 confront us. I believe this is why the Bible cautions Christians to be alert to enemy attacks even after they have donned their spiritual armor:
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8 NIV).
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people (Ephesians 6:18 NIV).
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong (1 Corinthians 16:13 NIV).
To me, scriptures caution us to be alert because an ambush requires action. All acts of faith require behavior. When a Christian learns to be alert for the “roaring lion” and then has a surprise encounter with him, the question becomes, “now what?”
This book is all about the “now what?” Using lessons taught in the U.S. Army Ranger School for actions at jungle danger areas as a metaphor, this Army Ranger provides guidance for Christians that face spiritual danger areas in the workplace.
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