«And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel» (Genesis 3: 1 5).
Aron Ralston had to make a difficult decision when his arm got pinned under a 360kg (800 1b) rock in the Blue John Canyon in Utah, USA. He went hiking by himself on a beautiful spring morning. It was not the first time he had gone on such an adventurous excursion. His experience of climbing heights of more than 4,000m made this mountain hike an insignificant walk. Nevertheless, in an attempt to cross a narrow passage, he jumped on a rock that became dislodged, falling along with him until it got stuck between -wo walls, trapping his right arm. With no means of communication and in a desolate place, without food and little water, he was literally between a rock and a hard place (as he narrates in his autobiography Between a Rock and a Hard Place). Then, he realized that it would be too difficult to free his arm to ask for help since he had already spent five long days immobilized and was on the brink of dehydration. In these extreme circumstances, he took a brave decision: it was better to amputate his limb that was stuck than to suffer an imminent death. After practising with a torque and a dull pen knife, he started cutting his muscles, tendons, nerves and bone to finally free himself to be able to look for help.
Have you noticed that the same act that caused him a painful wound also gave him freedom? According to today’s verse, God had announced in the Garden of Eden that Christ would be injured. The Son of God was left hanging on Calvary between heaven and earth. With His hand on the cross, He was wounded by a terrible fiend. However, the same act which took the life of Christ assured salvation to mankind. The death of Christ would crush Satan forever, giving to human beings (the seed of the woman) freedom from sin and everlasting redemption.
Sometimes, we must also take radical decisions to obtain salvation. Even if it is painful to get rid of harmful habits, friendships or things, it is better to abandon them before suffering eternal perdition. Jesus said, «And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire» (Mark 9:47).
How about you? Do you need to get rid of something today? Have you decided to take a powerful decision? You know full well that eternal life is more valuable.