14th November 2018

Changing of the Guard 

“God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left.”
Lamentations 3:22-24 (MSG)

In the United Kingdom, tourists come from all over to see Buckingham Palace, trying to catch a glimpse of the Queen, or sometimes to watch the Changing of the Guard, a daily ceremony which takes place at Horse Guards Parade. People come from all over the world to watch the Queen’s guardsmen hand over control to the next set of soldiers. This however, does not appear to be a cause of concern—it’s a natural, traditional part of our pomp and circumstance, if you will.

In our lives there can be many examples of changing of the guard: there can be signs of a definite shift in power, a passing of the baton, if you will. Whether it be in the world in general, our country, our workplace, or even our church. It is hard not to become discouraged in this world as we read the signs and see the direction we are hurtling towards. But that is because we are not “fixing our eyes on Jesus” to paraphrase an old song.

Christ is our shield, our glory and the lifter up of our heads (Psalms 3:3). He is in charge (Revelation 1:17) and we know Christ only does the will of the Father (John 4:34) and He changes not but is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

When Jesus left us, He sent His Spirit to comfort and encourage us (John 14:16, 26-27 NKJV) while He is at the right hand of God, interceding for us (Romans 8:34NKJV). We must remember that “the Most High God rules in the kingdom of men, and appoints over it whomever He chooses.” (Daniel 5:21 NKJV).

So, while it’s fun watching the Changing of the Guard in Whitehall, knowing we are still equally as protected by the next set of soldiers, and that the Queen remains in control; even so with changes in our world/country/work/church we can be safe and secure in the knowledge that God remains in control. 

Heavenly Father, we thank you for your many mercies which are new every day. We are grateful that in a world of perpetual change, you are the constant that gives us hope. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study by Jackee Brown


About the Author:
Jackee Brown is a member in the Worldwide Church of God UK Congregation in London, a part of Grace Communion International .

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God London
Indian YMCA Student Hostel
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email: london@gracecom.church

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