I was recently in a CPR and First Aide training class for my job, as I already said in my post The Purpose Of A Seatbelt (read it HERE) and there was something else that I learned in this class that I MUST share with you all. I learned, that while giving a person CPR, you have to give them air compressions that are two inches deep. Now this may not seem like that big of a deal when you just hear me say that buuuuut its pressing down TWO WHOLE INCHES. Take your hand right now, place it on your heart and press down. What do you feel??? I don't know about you all, buuuuut I feel BONES!!!
Our teacher told us that when giving these chest compressions your going to break bones. He went on to tell us that its going to feel WEIRD, buuuut if your NOT hearing strange noises, like crunching, your NOT doing it right. You've GOT TO BREAK THEIR BONES. Weeeeeeelllll you all shoulda seen the look on my face. I was sitting there with my mouth hanging open. I mean, i'm the person that hit my lil brother when we were kids cuz he was annoying me and felt so bad I started crying more than him! So I raised my hand and was like I have NEVER heard this before in CPR...I just can NOT imagine actually BREAKING SOMEONES BONES!!!
The teacher was like, well if your doing it right, its most likely going to happen. Your pressing TWO INCHES deep one someone, its GOING to break their chest bones. He's like if your NOT breaking bones your NOT doing it right. Don't feel bad about breaking their bones, your SAVING their life. He said bones can be fixed BUUUUUT you can't fix DEAD!!!
I was FLOORED by his words but as soon as he said that to me my mind started whirling and I actually did get caught writing this devotional in class! :) Buuuut I just couldn't help but corelate this to how God works in our own life. "For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth." (Hebrews 12:6) To scourge someone means to whip or inflict pain on someone. Sometimes God HAS TO BREAK US!!!
Sometimes our spiritual life is in so much turmoil, we're literally about to spiritually die and God steps in on the scene and says i've GOT to give this one spiritual CPR. I hate to see them suffering, I hate to see their sorrow, I hate to see their pain, but i've got to inflict on them. I've got break them so I can save them. Sometimes this pain is inflicted on us through the circumstances of life, through our sin, through the preached word of God or even through the correction of the man of God.
"For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death." (2 Corinthians 7:10)
Repentance HURTS, buuuut repentance SAVES us. I can just imagine God compressing down on us with his love, inflicting that pain on us, so desperately trying to save our soul. And I can imagine God looking and seeing the pain and sorrow and it hurts him to see that he had to do this to one of his children, but he's thinking its better to BREAK their spirit then for them to spiritually die and spend their eternity in torment. I can always heal thier brokeness, buuuuuuut if they go to HELL, which IS spiritual DEATH, its FOREVER!!! "The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit." (Psalm 34:18).
It would be BETTER for us to spend a lifetime of sorrow and tears on this earth and MAKE it to heaven, then to never shed a tear, living a happy, carefree life and END UP IN HELL!!! We've got to be able to say to God, like the song says, WHATEVER you have to do to me, DON'T LET ME be lost for eternity, for above all else, I MUST BE SAVED!!! The crushing, the crunching, the breaking sound of a heart, the strange noise of a soul weeping in sorrow from their anguish and hurt. Its NOT God being mean, its not God punishing you, YES, I do believe that there are consequences for sin, but the scourging you feel on your heart is ultimately the LOVE of God SAVING YOU FROM HELL!!!.
"Or despisest thou the riches
of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering;
not knowing that the goodness of God
leadeth thee to repentance?"
(Romans 2:4)♥Mary Frances :)