Let me tell you a story about a little boy named Billy and his younger sister Sally. One summer their grandparents, who lived a few hours away, invited them to come and visit for a couple of weeks on their farm. Of course, they jumped at the chance and thought it would be the trip of a lifetime.
Everything was going well until the second day when Grandpa helped Billy make his first slingshot. Billy had never owned one before, but he had always wanted one. Grandpa warned him to be careful and Billy promised he would. However, that afternoon while he was doing a little target practicing one of Grandma’s ducks happened to waddle by. With no real harm in mind, Billy shot toward the duck intending to scare him- - but the rocked centered the duck’s head and killed him on the spot! Afraid to tell anyone, he hid the corpse under the tool shed.
The next morning Grandpa said, “Billy, your sister is going to help Grandma with some things around the house. What do you say that you and I go fishing?” The little boy’s eyes lit up, but before he could answer, Sally replied, “Billy really wants to help Grandma, but I’ll go with you!” Then looking at Billy with her hand cupped to the side of her mouth whispered, “I saw the duck!” So, Billy begrudgingly stayed behind.
This situation with Sally repeated itself several more times until the miserable little guy could take it no more. So, he ran into the kitchen and nervously announced, “Grandma, I’m sorry, but I killed your duck!” Grandma calmly replied, “I know.” “You know?” Billy asked rather shocked and puzzled. “Oh yes, I was looking out the window when it happened.” “Then why didn’t you say something?” he inquired. “Because, I wanted to see how long you would let your sister make a slave out of you.”
There is a tremendous spiritual lesson in this. We have all sinned (Romans 3:23). Not only that, God has watched it all from the window of heaven (Hebrews 4:13). Why then has He not already punished us? Because He patiently waits with hopes we will own up to our wrong doing, repent and become obedient to His will (Romans 6:17-18; 2 Peter 3:9). If you have not yet done so, how long will you continue to be a slave of sin? (cf. 2 Timothy 2:24-26).