26. Now the general who wins a battle makes many
calculations in his temple ere the battle is fought.
Ouch! I can have a tendency to come up with a good plan and rush ahead with it, hoping all the details will just fall into place.
Sun Tzu warns against this when he tells us to make many plans ahead of time. Apparently, the temple of Sun Tzu’s day was a quiet place of reflection. A real temple was actually set aside for the general. The general would be given the use of the temple for planning and important meetings.
I suppose in my own context, that’s a bit like the pastor’s study. Sun Tzu tells me to spend time in there making plans, expecting contingencies and planning on how to defeat the enemy.
I am called to do battle against an unseen enemy. Sun Tzu encourages me to plan ahead – carefully – about how to defeat that enemy. I think there is something very valid in that which I can learn from.