A Donkey with Moxie



Numbers 22:28-33
New International Version (NIV)

28 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?”
29 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.”
30 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.
31 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.
32 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. 33 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.”

I always liked this story in the Bible. I’m not sure just who had the most moxie, the donkey or Balaam? The donkey turned aside three times from the angel and saved Balaam, but Balaam spoke to a donkey! I think if a donkey started talking to me, I would run the other way – very quickly.

One final thought on moxie. In Isaiah 37:36-37, God sends an angel to the Assyrian army and he killed one hundred and eighty-five thousand soldiers in one night. Moxie is one thing, foolishness is another. If faced with an angel of the Lord, I will think discretion the better part of value.


Bless us with moxie enough to know that we need You desperately, that we are frail and weak and easily deceived, and that our hope and strength are within You. Let us walk with You daily and rest in Your mercy and grace. Everything will be alright.

Thank You so! Amen!


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