The Duck and the Devil
How often do you let the sins you’ve committed control your life? Does that lie you told spin out of control, spawning more and more lies, just to hide the first? That’s the Devil at work. He knows your shame and he manipulates you into greater and greater sin. But you need not live in shame of your sins. Confess them to God and find salvation from them.
Read this excellent parable of the horrible way one sin can take control of our lives.
The Duck and the Devil
There was a little boy visiting his grandparents on their farm. He was given a slingshot to play with out in the woods. He practiced in the woods, but he could never hit the target. Getting a little discouraged, he headed back for dinner. As he was walking back he saw Grandma’s pet duck.
Just out of impulse, he let the slingshot fly, hit the duck square in the head, and killed it. He was shocked and grieved.
In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the wood pile, only to see his sister watching! Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing.
After lunch the next day Grandma said, “Sally, let’s wash the dishes.” But Sally said, “Grandma, Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen.Then she whispered to him, “Remember the duck?” So Johnny did the dishes.
Later that day, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing and Grandma said, “I’m sorry but I need Sally to help make supper.” Sally just smiled and said,” Well that’s all right because Johnny told me he wanted to help.” She whispered again, “Remember the duck?” So Sally went fishing and Johnny stayed to help!
After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally’s, he finally couldn’t stand it any longer.
He came to Grandma and confessed that he had killed the duck. Grandma knelt down, gave him a hug, and said, “Sweetheart, I know.
You see, I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing, but because I love you, I forgave you. I was just wondering how long you would let Sally make a slave of you.”
This story can be compared to everything we’ve done wrong in the past whether it’s lying, cheating, stealing or any other sin. God already knows we did it, so we should confess to him instead of becoming a slave to Satan.
– Author Unknown