Jane was driving a taxi cab in Las Vegas, six days a week, 12 hours a day for the first three months. Then she came home one afternoon after about six months and dropped down into her chair totally exhausted, “You’re not going to believe what happened today. That creep, Gino, called me into his office.”
“He told me, ‘You’re not getting enough big fares, honey. You need to start going to the airport.’” The implication was that she needed to start taking people through the tunnel from the airport to the Strip, which adds ten miles to the fare. That’s about $20 more than what it should cost!
But Jane wouldn’t cheat people, so she was laid off right before her probationary period ended. By all senses knowledge, it seemed she’d been burned.
It reminded me of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in Daniel chapter 3, when they wouldn’t bow down to worship the idol Nebuchadnezzar set up. They were thrown into the “burning fiery furnace.” Nebuchadnezzar was so mad that he commanded his men to heat the fire up seven times hotter. Then something unusual happened.
“The flames of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego” (Daniel 3:23). And a similar thing happened to the taxi company when they fired Jane for not bowing to their evil ways.
The taxi company got burned in a financial way. We prayed according to Romans 12:19 for God’s vengeance, “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” And He took care of it.
There was a huge inquiry and a strike. Headlines read, “Clark County taxicab drivers taking tourists on the scenic route to and from the airport overcharged their passengers an estimated $14.8 million last year.”
The taxi company lost millions of dollars because of the strike and audit, and Jane received way more money from unemployment than she had from the taxi job. And Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego from the Bible didn’t burn either. They got away without even the smell of smoke on them.
When we take a stand on the truth from God’s Word, God won’t let us down. He will not let us burn. And if evil people are not willing to change, “it is righteous for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you” (2 Thess 1:6).
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