God's Donkey

April 8, 2001
by Kaye Lockwood

Zechariah 9:9,10b – Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth. (NIV)

Mark 11:1-3 – As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples, saying to them, "Go to the village ahead of you, and just as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no-one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, 'Why are you doing this?' tell him, 'The Lord needs it and will send it back here shortly.'" (NIV)

People engaged in any type of Christian ministry are constantly called upon to spend much time and effort in things unrelated to their real purpose and interest. One missionary said she sometimes felt as if she were "God's donkey", getting stuck with all the hum-drum routine tasks that are necessary, but not necessarily fulfilling. The idea of being God's donkey fascinated me. What did the donkey do, really? I went to the concordance to find out. In the history of Israel, donkeys carried kings. The heir to the throne rode the king's own donkey. It was a symbol of sovereignty. In the New Testament, the donkey carried the Lord Jesus.

Prayer: Gracious God, may we carry the Lord Jesus with us, in every situation and every challenge we may face this day. May we each be your donkey with grace and joy. Amen.

About the author:

Kaye Lockwood <rosswitmer@rogers.com>
Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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