Dane’s Dilemma

Thou shalt not steal.

Exodus 20:15

Dane was in over his head. He was in love with Esmerelda and wanted to marry her but she said, “There’s no engagement unless I get a 3 karat diamond.” A ring like that costs more than he makes in six months. Plus, she said she’d leave if he didn’t produce it before Valentine’s Day.

His friend, Treavor heard about his dilemma and offered him a side job, off the books. It was quick money and all he had to do was drive the car. Treavor and some others were planning to rob a medical marijuana shop. “We’ll be in and out and all you have to do is keep the car running,” Treavor said. “Easy money!”

He needed to let Treavor know his decision. While he was burdened by all these things he came across his grandfather’s Bible. He always loved looking through it and thinking about his grandfather reading it to him when he was a child. He found the bookmark placed in Psalm 62. His eye landed on verse ten, “Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.” In the margin was scribbled Exodus 20:15 in his grandfather’s handwriting. Tears filled his eyes, he knew what he needed to do.

Later that day, his brother Thomas came over. He told him about Treavor’s offer and about his reluctance. “Why wouldn’t you do it?” Thomas said. “He’s right, it’s easy money.” Dane told him about grandfather’s Bible and the verse in Psalm 62. Thomas got very angry. “You need to burn that book and get on with your life. Do you want to lose Esmerelda? There’s nothing in that Bible that can help you.”

After Thomas left, Dane pulled out the Bible and opened it again to Psalm 62. This time his eyes landed on verse eight, “Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.” As Dane’s tears fell onto the page he called on the Lord for help.

Just as he finished the phone rang. It was Treavor. He knew if he said yes, he could buy the ring and keep the girl. However, “no” seemed to be the right answer, according to God’s word. He picked up the receiver and prayed again for strength.

What should Dane do?

How relevant is the Bible in today’s world?

If the Bible is God’s Word, why do so many people ignore it?

Published by David B. Smith

Author, podcaster, pastor, and Big Pappa to my grandchildren.

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