A young man in Windsor, asked this question by a BBC interviewer on Thursday 8th September, replied:
“A guiding light, a moral code, how to conduct yourself, how to act, knowing what is right and what is wrong.”
He obviously had a deep respect for Queen Elizabeth II, who had a strong faith in God. That is where her “moral code” came from.
In a world where the moral code is increasingly led by public opinion, the Queen recognized God as her authority. The Bible is where God tells us what is right and what is wrong. Although the Queen is dead, the word of God is still with us.
“All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains for ever” (1 Peter 1:24-25).
These words were written hundreds of years before the apostle Peter quoted them in the New Testament. God had caused the Old Testament prophet Isaiah to write them in a chapter that looks forward to the Lord Jesus Christ and a time that is still to come, when he reigns as King on this earth. You can read it yourself in Isaiah chapter 40.
God told Peter to quote these words to encourage us to focus on His good news, which tells us that death need not be the end.
Whatever the Queen represented to you personally, the guide book that she held in such high esteem can become your guide too. It tells us of kings and queens, shepherds, farmers, builders and fishermen, who all had something in common: faith in God.
When he returns to the earth, the Lord Jesus Christ will give eternal life to all who belong to him.