What is it about donkeys that they are used so often in the bible? What do donkeys have to tell us about who God wants us to be?
Before a donkey is tamed, it can be very stubborn and have a very bad attitude. We are like that before we come to know Christ. Once trained, a donkey becomes very gentle, very kind, and loving towards its master. Donkeys were known to run to their masters seeking them out in a crowd to be with them.
The bible says a stallion must be whipped to do hard tasks. A tamed donkey will do the hardest of tasks happily and willingly. We are to be like that; loving God and loving others before ourselves.
A wild donkey lives in lonely and desert places. He roams the mountains for food, he suffers much when there is little food and during times of little rain. He hates those who would come and try to tame him. He goes after only what he wants and has no one to provide for him.
The tamed donkey lives only to please his master. Doing this makes him happy and his master gives him all he needs and wants. The wild donkey lives to please only himself and is always hungry and thirsty.
Which donkey are you most like? How is God helping you understand it is good to have Christ as our Master?
— Isaiah 1:3
The ox knows its master,
the donkey its owner’s manger,
but Israel does not know,
my people do not understand.