«So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God» (Hebrews 4:16).
Richard Hoefler tells the story of a boy who was visiting his grandparents and was given his first slingshot. Feeling very excited, he went out to the woods to practice, but wasn’t able to hit anything. After a while, he gave up and started walking back home. When he got to the backyard, he saw his grandmother’ s pet duck and, without giving it much thought, he shot a rock at it. After his failed attempts with the slingshot in the woods, the last thing he expected was to actually hit his target that time. The duck dropped dead.
The boy went into a panic. Out of desperation, he quickly hid the dead duck behind a pile of firewood but, as soon as he looked up, he saw that his sister was watching him. Sally had seen everything. However, she didn’t say a word.
That same day, after lunch, grandma asked Sally to do the dishes, but Sally replied, «Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen today, » and looking pointedly at Johnny, she went on, «Right, Johnny?» She went over to him and whispered, «Remember the duck» So Johnny got up and did the dishes.
Later on, grandpa asked them if they wanted to go fishing with him, to which grandma replied, «I’m sorry, but I need Sally to help me get dinner ready.»
With a triumphant, confident smile, Sally said, «No problem, Johnny told me that he wanted to help you.» Again she went over to Johnny and whispered, » Remember the duck» So Johnny stayed home while Sally went fishing with grandpa.
For several days, Johnny had to do his chores and his sister’s also, until he couldn’t take it any longer. He told his grandma the truth about how he had killed the duck
«I already knew about it, Johnny,» she said while hugging him. «That day I was standing by the window and saw everything. Since I love you, I forgave you. But I was wondering how long you were going to let Sally enslave you.»
Let’s not allow ourselves to be enslaved by the enemy today. Let’s turn to God. He knows everything and is ready to offer us His forgiveness.