We need not fear mighty men
Or bow to oppressive rulers
God alone governs heaven and earth
And no one can resist His intent
Evil men connive and plot – yet
No one thwarts the plan of God
Dreamers dream and schemers scheme
But no one opposes God and wins
The meekest godly man on earth
Is mightier than a monarch
Which exerts his power by tyranny
Not knowing his days are numbered
The wicked shall be turned into hell
And the nations that forget God –
The needy shall not be forgotten
Nor the hope of the poor perish
By Carol Ann Hoel © February 25, 2011
There were times in history when God, through his prophets, instructed his people Israel to submit themselves to foreign leaders, and He blessed them in their captivity. Yet they were to be true to God. Daniel was true to God and was delivered from the lion’s den. Some that remained true to God became martyrs, and they will receive crowns for their faithfulness. (Martyrs of God are not terrorists, nor do not carry out acts of terrorism.)
Psalm 9:17-18 – The Bible – The wicked shall be turned into hell, and the nations that forget God. For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish forever.
Isaiah 14:12-15 – The Bible – How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
Daniel 5:1-6 – The Bible – Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand. Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink therein. Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them. They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone. In the same hour came forth fingers of a man’s hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote. Then the king’s countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another.
Daniel 5:24-30 – The Bible – Then was the part of the hand sent from him; and this writing was written. And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it. TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians. Then commanded Belshazzar, and they clothed Daniel with scarlet, and put a chain of gold about his neck, and made a proclamation concerning him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom. In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.
timely post today, my friend.
Thank you for stopping by, Jane, and for your comment. Blessings to you…
Agreed, timely it is!
So true, Carol. So many are deceived. Our God desires that none perish, there is hope for everyone_if_they_only_believe in Him, the Great I AM.
It is timely, and lots of people, thinking of the horrors in Libya, would wonder how the words could be true. Yet they are. Thank you for your sweet comment. I appreciate you, Patti.
May tomorrow’s quilt show be fun and rewarding. Blessings…
Wonderful poem! The power of God is stronger than any evil on earth.
Thank you, Janna, for stopping by and for your comment. I appreciate you. Blessings…
When you face your own mortality it does cause one to seek wisdom of God and trusted advisors.
Blessings to you, Duke. We are all terminal, that is, in this life, but the children of God are eternal. May you live a long, healthy, and prosperous life. Remember that we know the end of the Book. We win. 🙂
I appreciate your boldness and that you don’t sugarcoat things.
How nice to see you here! I’ve missed you. Thank you for stopping by and for your comment. I want to be honest. We owe it to the world and God who loves the world. Blessings to you, Zoe…
This is so appropriate considering all that is going on in the world. I sometimes need to be reminded to TRUST. Well, often, not just sometimes. Blessings to you and thanks for your visits to my blog.
I enjoy visiting your blog. Thank you for stopping by and for your comment. I, too, need to remember to trust. With the unrest in the world, it’s good to know that our God reigns. Blessings to you…
I hope the week ahead treats you with kindness.
Thank you, Cindy. I appreciate your taking time to visit and comment. The weekend here is lovely. I hope your weekend is joyful and bright. Blessings to you…
So often I feel that it is this nation that I live in that has fallen away. Your post seems timely given the events of the week.
Thank you for stopping by and for your comment. The unrest in the world dominates the news, as it should. It does me good to remember that God is in control, and nothing can happen unless He allows it. This comforts me. Blessings to you, Tammy…
Trusting in Him who is greater is everything.
Thank you for stopping by and for your comment. It is comforting to know that He is greater than everything. Blessings to you, Suzi…
One of the things I find amusing is that people have this notion that following God is easy. Its not and there are many forces working against one’s soul.
This is true, Duke. Thank you for stopping by and for your comment. Blessings to you…
… and reads well the second time around.
Carol Ann have you discovered Rev. Bill Cook. I think you might enjoy him. He has two sites:
Faith & Conversation
Poetry Matters, sharing a love of language
He is part of our poetry community.
Thank you, Jamie. I visited, commented, and subscribed. Blessings to you…
This is just divine carol, fabulous. its such a joy to feel the beautiful truth that shines through every line of your poems.
the meekest god – loving man is certainly more powerful than the mightiest king.
Thank you for your affirming comment. One prayer of a good man or woman can stop a despot. Someday in heaven I hope to learn how many great and powerful matters started with one prayer. Blessings to you, Trisha…