Just a thought… 13 September

Where is our certainty?

So many of us have felt deeply emotional at the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II. Her long life of service has been a humbling example. It’s as if someone foundational to our lives has gone.

Whoever it is and whenever it happens, death is always a shock, yet as we saw last Sunday morning from Psalm 90, it causes us to consider our own mortality in the light of God who is eternal.

“Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” (Psalm 90 vs 2)

Only in Him can we find eternal security, yet our rebellious hearts are prone to look everywhere and anywhere else! No wonder the Psalmist goes on to explain how angry God is with us. It’s from desperation the Psalmist cries:

“Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90 vs 12)

Amazingly we find that God’s approach to us is one of ‘unfailing love’ (vs 14). We have seen that in His sending the Lord Jesus to save all who trust in Him. We can be encouraged that HM the Queen knew Him for herself and said so regularly:

“For me the teachings of Christ and my own personal accountability before God provide a framework in which I try to lead my life. I, like so many of you, have drawn great comfort in difficult times from Christ’s words and example.” (HM Queen Elizabeth II Christmas 2000)

In these sad days after her passing, we should pray for her successor, HM King Charles III. Yet let us remember that our certainty was never in the Queen, but in the eternal King of Kings she sought to serve.

Spencer Shaw