Nearly 30 years ago I started working as a cashier at Shoney’s. I’ve had this kind of work 5 times and every single time some employee has set me up to be accused as a thief. But this was my first job as cashier so I was not prepared for what happened.
The manager, a hard-driving, hard-smoking, hard-drinking woman who had lived in or near the streets was in no mood to tolerate the missing $135. She dragged us all into the dining room and said she wanted the money back in the drawer before 9 pm that night. She would be happy to speak to any of us about this if we wanted to see her privately.
After that shift I went to her and said I wanted a private conference. We met in a booth. I told her I was a Christian and I took the Bible very seriously. Oh no! You could see the disgust all over her face. Now here was some religion nut, she was thinking. I told her I didn’t know the names of the employees having just started but that I did know the Bible.
All the time she was puffing disgustedly on her cigarette. I told her that if she would read Psalm 50 she would learn that a thief, to God, is in the same category as an adulterer. Here is the passage to which I was referring.
Psalm 50:18 -When you saw a thief, you consented[a] with him, And have been a partaker with adulterers.
I said to her – if you find the adulterer you will find the money. A strange look came over her face and we parted. A few days later I returned for my regular shift and to my surprise someone said the missing money had been returned. I knew then the manager knew who the adulterer was and had herself identified the crook.
But it was a big lesson to me of how God can step in. Three things happened – I was freed of the possibility of being thought a thief, the thief was exposed, and the hard-drinking, hard-smoking manager learned a lesson about God.
God knows everything and everyone. Not one of our sins is hidden from his face. We don’t get away with a thing no matter how far we are from him.
And I learned too – that the Bible would and could be my defense in any situation.