As the global media plays back-to-back tributes to Britains’ beloved monarch, let’s remember the faith of Queen Elizabeth 11 which continues to inspire people across the world. She boldly professed Jesus Christ as Saviour and often used her Christmas messages as an opportunity to share the Gospel.
For example, the Queen addressed the need for salvation and forgiveness in December 2011 and in 2017 spoke about Jesus as her role model. “For me, the life of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, whose birth we celebrate today, is an inspiration and an anchor in my life,” she boldly testified.
Yes, she was the longest reigning monarch in British history and ‘a rock upon which modern Britain was built’ as new British Prime Minister Liz Truss observed. Indeed her passing marks the end of the Second Elizabethan age and was ‘a seismic shock’ on a history day that we will never forget. But let’s remember her as one BBC correspondent described her as “driven by faith and propelled by duty” And let us pray for the UK’s new king, Charles 111 that he would follow her great example.
Let’s continue to be inspired by the faith of Queen Elizabeth 11
She was in every way, Our Faithful Queen which is the title of a special Platinum Jubilee gift book published earlier this year, which includes many of the prayers the Queen prayed during her ’70 years of Faith and Service’. We thank God for her life and faith. Queen Elizabeth 11 was loved by people all across the nations. May you be encouraged by these words from one of the prayers she prayed…
“Lord help us to find in our home and children a constant refreshment of spirit and renewal of grace. Into thy hands, O Lord, we commend ourselves. Be with us in our going out and our coming in. Strengthen us for the work that thou hast given us to do. Defend us with thy heavenly grace, that we may continue thine for ever and daily increase in thy Holy Spirit more and more, until we come to thy everlasting Kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
Queen Elizabeth has gone to her eternal rest, and all in God’s timing. Thankfully she lived to celebrate her 70th Year on the throne, and her Platinum Jubilee was the most amazing opportunity to thank her for her selfless devotion to duty. It was a fitting farewell to a global leader who is known worldwide, probably the most famous woman in the world and certainly the most travelled monarch in history.
It is amazing how the Queen worked so dutifully right up to the end of her life, her last official duty in appointing the UK’s new prime minister. This could only have been in God’s timing. We will always remember the last official photograph taken of her, smiling beautifully while shaking hands with Liz Truss.
The United Kingdom is now a nation in mourning until the Queen’s Funeral which is said to be held on Monday 19th September. Let us never forget the faith of Queen Elizabeth 11 which will continue to sustain us as we trust God in the way she did. If you haven’t already, ask Him to be the anchor in your life.
Let’s remember the insights the late Queen delivered to the nation during her 2011 Christmas message.
“For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Saviour who is Christ the Lord.’
“Although we are capable of great acts of kindness, history teaches us that we sometimes need saving from ourselves – from our recklessness or our greed.
“God sent into the world a unique person – neither a philosopher nor a general, important though they are, but a Saviour, with the power to forgive.
“Forgiveness lies at the heart of the Christian faith. It can heal broken families, it can restore friendships and it can reconcile divided communities. It is in forgiveness that we feel the power of God’s love.”
As we reflect on the faith of Queen Elizabeth 11, let us look to Jesus as our Saviour and embrace His forgiveness, putting our trust in Him to forgive us of our wrongdoings so that we too may be strengthened. That we too may daily increase in thy Holy Spirit more and more, until we come into God’s everlasting Kingdom.