Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The fear of God is the way to victory

The remarkable thing about fearing God is that when you fear God you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God you fear everything else.” Oswald Chambers

I remember during Idi Amin’s reign in Uganda, his thugs from the army came to my parents home. They were on one of their regular killing raids. They rounded up every body who had not fled into hiding and they started harassing them. They said they had come for two things: money and weapons. My mom told them she had neither and they got really angry and out of control, threatening them with their guns.

They demanded for the weapons. “We know your children are abroad. We know they send money and arms to you. We also know that you support the rebels.”
Meanwhile my youngest sister who was 15, was crying and begging mom, “If you have any money please give it to them.”
Then my mom lifted up her Bible which she had been holding in her hand all this time and said; “This is the only weapon I know and it is the only weapon I have. God is our Protector.” She said it with so much boldness that they were shocked. It seemed as if it paralyzed their plans. They stopped harassing them and continued with the search of the house and then they left with nothing and hurting nobody. That was a miracle. I really believe it was the grace and protection of God. Because my mom feared God, she could stand on His Word and face the enemy without fear.

This reminds of how David, a mere youth, faced and defeated Goliath when even the king of Israel was afraid of him.
In one the worst persecution, Daniel stood, unmoved by either man or lion because he feared God! Joseph always came out in victory because he feared God and followed His leading. All these people prove to us that when we fear God we fear nothing else.

The fear of the God is the beginning of all wisdom. It is the only way to victory.

1 comment:

Daniel Kagwisa said...

Very inspiring and moving word Margaret. This puts things in perspective for me. Sometimes when I am going through drama in my life I forget that there are even worse things happening for others. Your mother having the courage to stand on God in the midst of such oppression and terror moves me to strive to stop making excuses.

Thank you.