Lessons From an Ass

Then the angel of the lord moved on ahead and stood in a narrow place where there was no room to turn, either to the right or to the left. When the donkey saw the angel of the lord, it lay down under Balaam, and he was angry and beat it with his staff.

Then the lord opened the donkey’s mouth, and it said to Balaam, “What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?” Balaam answered the donkey, “You have made a fool of me! If only I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you right now.” The donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your own donkey, which you have always ridden, to this day? Have I been in the habit of doing this to you?””No,” he said.

Then the lord opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the lord standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown. The angel of the lord asked him, “Why have you beaten your donkey these three times? I have come here to oppose you because your path is a reckless one before me. The donkey saw me and turned away from me these three times. If it had not turned away, I would certainly have killed you by now, but I would have spared it.”
Numbers 22: 26-33

When I read these verses this morning, I was reminded of the importance of our relationships.

3 Lessons You Can Learn From an Ass

  • Listen to those in your life who have a good track record of leading you in the right direction. Chances are…they are on to something.
  • If you don’t agree with their advice and guidance, don’t let your first reaction be to lash out.  Think before you act.
  • Keep the eyes of your heart open.  God can use anyone to speak truth to you today.

Even an ass.

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