The Queen and her influence
June 1st, 2020
As Australia enjoys a public holiday for Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday, it’s important to note the role God and faith has played in her life.
Rewind to Queen Elizabeth’s great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria. It is widely reported that after attending a service in St Paul’s Cathedral, Queen Victoria asked her chaplain a pointed question: “Can one be absolutely sure in this life of eternal safety?”
Sadly, for a man of such responsibility, his answer was that he knew no way that one could be absolutely sure.
Providentially their meeting was published and came to the attention of a preacher named John Townsend. After praying he sent the following note to the Queen: “To Her Gracious Majesty, our beloved Queen Victoria, from one of her most humble subjects: With trembling hands, but heart-filled love, and because I know that we can be absolutely sure now for our eternal life in the home that Jesus went to prepare, may I ask Your Most Gracious Majesty to read the following passages of Scripture: John 3:16; Romans 10:9–10. I sign myself, your servant for Jesus’ sake, John Townsend *
John Townsend told others about his letter to the Queen and many prayers went up to God. In about two weeks he received a modest-looking envelope in which was the following letter;
“To John Townsend:
Your letter of recent date I received and in reply would state that I have carefully and prayerfully read the portions of Scripture referred to. I believe in the finished work of Christ for me, and trust by God’s grace to meet you in that Home of which He said, “I go to prepare a place for you.”
(signed) Victoria Guelph”*
Some years later when Queen Victoria visited the tenants on one of the Royal Estates, an old lady nervously came up to her, curtseyed, and asked, trembling, “Your Majesty, will I see you in Heaven one day?”
Victoria smiled, and replied, “By the all-availing blood of Jesus, you most certainly shall, my dear! I have His word on it!”
God had graciously brought the Queen to full assurance of faith. From the day she received that humble letter she knew that Heaven was hers.
How much did Queen Victoria’s conversion influence Queen Elizabeth II?
In her Christmas message to the Commonwealth in 2016, Queen Elizabeth II said:
“Billions of people now follow Christ’s teaching and find in him the guiding light for their lives. I am one of them.” *
Who are you influencing with your faith?
* Excerpted from a tract published by Evangelical Tract Distributors (evangelicaltract.com/products/can-we-be-sure)