Then the LORD opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?”
George Beverly Shea was “America’s Beloved Gospel Singer,” who for seven decades thrilled the world with his rich voice. But Bev Shea was quite shy. As a young man he was a nervous wreck in front of crowds. Once when he was invited to give a talk, he wrote his dad asking for an outline. His father wrote back, saying, “Son, God helped Balaam’s donkey to talk, so I’m sure He can do something for you. Love, Dad.”1
Recommended Reading: Numbers 22:22-34
It was a lesson Bev Shea never forgot.
The Bible is a virtual zoo of interesting animals that have lessons for us—Jonah’s whale, Peter’s rooster, the scapegoat of Leviticus, the soaring eagle of Isaiah 40, the industrious ant of Proverbs, the birds of Matthew 10, and deer with their feet in high places in Habakkuk 3. The next time you see a member of God’s animal kingdom, praise God for His creative genius; and pause a moment to see if the Lord may have a biblical lesson for you from the lambs, foxes, doves, hens, bees, badgers, and gazelles.
When your donkey speaks, shut up and listen.
Read-Thru-the-Bible: Zechariah 11 – Malachi 4
- “Singing Along Life’s Road,” Decision Magazine, June 2013, 17.