By Chris Ledbetter, a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church
I felt prompted to write this article as I started seeing something occurring among our nation, the church and even myself as the severity of the pandemic lessens. That is, the abandonment of Christ as times get easy. During times of affliction, we may tend to grasp on to the goodness of Christ, but during the good times we forget all about Him. As if it were our own efforts as a humanity to improve the situation, to bring an end to a pandemic (i.e. vaccines, herd immunity, treatments, etc.). But in reality, these good things all come from God. They are blessings of common grace to believers and unbelievers, alike. So now more than ever, Christians should be shouting from rooftops, declaring the goodness of God. God’s grace is the only thing holding this world together. “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.” (Genesis 8:22). God promises provision in our time of need and suffering, yet we still have a tendency to puff up with pride when those provisions seemingly are the fruit of our own labor, when in reality they are a gift from God. A gift there to point to the greatest gift of all, Jesus. Jesus is the best and final provision we will ever need.
During the pandemic, we witnessed humanity grasp to anything and everything it could. For the unbeliever, it may have been a tight grasp on this frail and finite life. I mean, why not, if this life is the only good thing you have and there is no promise of heaven, then you better hold this life as tightly as you can. You better hide in fear, shame others for masking, not masking, vaccinating, not vaccinating. The truth that we all face is that no matter how tightly you hold to this life, it is still “a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes” (James 4:14). As believers, we may have misplaced our trust in earthly things, like storing up food and water, which in and of themselves are not bad things, but may have been idols at a time when we should have been trusting in the Lord.
You can sum up all of my writing in one verse, “[Jesus] is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Hebrews 1:3). In this verse, we see that God is sovereign over all, He “upholds the universe.” There is no good thing that doesn’t come from Him or no pandemic that He doesn’t have His hand on. Therefore, we must trust that Jesus is supreme, and abandon all trust in our own works. This verse also expresses the gospel, our need for it and the great news that Jesus is alive and sitting at the right hand of God. We should trust less in our own works, fear less in our current situation, because we have a Savior that conquered death. A Savior that loved us and gave Himself for us while we were unlovely. So put away all trust in your own might and place it in something more firm, in the Cornerstone that is Jesus Christ.