Brad Hewey uses the British royalty to remind us that, although we cannot have a royal audience whenever we please, we can always have an audience with God.
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The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Program
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Program, founded by HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh K.G., K.T., is a self- development program available to young people ages 14 to 24. In 1963 The Award was launched in Canada. To date, over 500,000 youth from Canada and over 8 million young people in 143 countries, have been motivated to undertake a variety of voluntary and challenging activities.
Several years ago, when my oldest son was still in high school, he was enrolled in the Duke of Edinburg’s program. At the end of his 3-year enrollment, when the award ceremony plans were under way, luck would have it that Prince Edward was scheduled to visit Nova Scotia. My son was presented his gold award, by the Prince, whom he got to meet. It was a Kodak moment, and a proud moment.
British Royalty, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Most of us will never meet royalty. Though the soon to be wedding nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will see a guest list of over 2500 people from around the world, it’s most probable that none of us will be in attendance.
I had to buy stamps recently. The purchase of stamps and other postal services for many, can be made at a mall kiosk, or in a corner section of a drugstore. For those of us in rural areas, purchasing stamps or utilizing postal services means a visit to the Post Office.
While at the Post Office, I had an everyday encounter with royalty. Sort of.
As I waited in line for a book of stamps, I realized I actually had cash on me for once, so I pulled out a $20. Of course, the Queens picture graces our $20 bill, something we see, and have seen so often, we take very little notice.
I did however take note of the large portrait of the Queen hanging on the wall near the counter. Clearly, I was in the Post Office…as there aren’t many buildings; we as the general public access readily, where the Queens picture is on display. It reminded me of older times, when both of my grandmothers had pictures of the Queen in their living rooms… that was years and years ago.
As I approached the counter, the attendant asked what type of stamps I’d like. It didn’t matter at all to me, so I said, “anything regular is fine”. She handed me a booklet of stamps, and there she was for the 3rd time, Queen Elizabeth 2nd, her likeness peaking up at me from the cover of the booklet of stamps.
A Trip to London
My wife and I hope to travel to the UK in the fall, and London would be one of our stops. Naturally when visiting London, there are several key stops on the list. The London Bridge, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, and undoubtedly Buckingham Palace.
I’ve Googled the streets of London, and as you can well imagine; Buckingham Palace is a virtual fortress of buildings connected to buildings, surrounded by vast grounds paved sections, hedges, parks…. walls and fences. Not to mention the Palace Guard. I’m sure just catching a glimpse of the front entrance, one would be viewing that from at least several hundred meters away.
You Can’t Just Have an Audience with British Royalty
As I/we think about the Royal family, or anyone in a position of great importance, we understand there are so many protocols in place, that prohibit interaction with them.
You just can’t approach a Prime Minister, a President, or a member of a Royal family.
We Can Approach God
Yet we can access GOD without hesitation, day or night. We can access him without a security clearance, a letter of approval, or a calendar appointment. All can access the Lord of Lords, King of Kings, God our Heavenly Father, creator of the Universe. Revelation 19:16 states that “he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS”.
We can unload our heaviest burdens upon our Mighty GOD. He tells us that we can “cast our cares upon him, for he is meek and lowly in spirit, and we will find rest unto our souls”.
Psalm 18:6 In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears. We can say as well with the Psalmist, “Because he has inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.”
Full Access For a Royal Audience With God
What joy in knowing that we have access fully, and completely, with GOD… who cares, who loves us without conditions. Who forgives our trespasses, our transgressions, our darkest and foulest sins. Psalm 86:5 “For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive; and abundant in mercy unto all them that call upon you.”
There are so many today, who have never called upon God. Who have no relationship with him. Most out of indifference; a rejection of Jesus gift of love at Calvary where he willfully gave himself for every sinner.
But there are those who may feel their sins are too much for God to bear. The guilt and shame that they are overwhelmed with, keeping them away from approaching God. But unlike the inability we face, or the shame, in having our injustices revealed to one in authority, in a place of power, royalty…. God promises us that “now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ….ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God”. Hebrews 10:19 says: “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus”. In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.
Rejoice in What the Bible Tells Us
So let’s rejoice in the fact today that our Bible tells us, “draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you”… the blood of Jesus Christ makes it all possible. For “now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ”.
14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
We’ll state it once again. There is no partition between us and our GOD. Christ is our Royal High Priest, and we have full access. God desires that we call upon him.
“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water”. Heb 10:19-22
Images Courtesy Of:
Buckingham Palace – balichaca
Prince Philip – nagualdesign
London Bridge/Houses of Parliament – Free-Photos
Queen Elizabeth – wikilimages
Ashamed – geralt
Brad offers up practical, scriptural advice from a perspective borne out of everyday life encounters. As we live and move and have our being…it’s the individual life lessons that most often present the greatest challenges, but can yield the richest blessings. We’ve all, as Christians had those faith affirming moments, where we’ve had an overwhelming sense of God’s spirit, or his very presence “at a particular but, maybe random time”.
Brad was born and still resides in a small community in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, where he and his wife Karen raised their 3 children. Brad & Karen fellowship at the Greenland Bible Chapel, where Brad serves as an elder. Brad loves meeting and engaging with people. His background in sales has provided opportunities to travel throughout the US and Canada, networking with people from all walks of life. Brad is a singer/songwriter, and has recorded 3 Christian albums. Songs from his “Brighter Day” release, have aired on Christian Radio stations across Canada and two of Brad’s albums are on HopeStreamRadio’s playlist.
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