Monday, January 29

Donkey down!

Scripture: Exodus 23-24, Psalm 14, Acts 5

Exodus 23:5 If you see the donkey of someone who hates you lying helpless under its load, and you want to refrain from helping it, you must help with it.

Observation

So many good things in today’s reading, and I picked a rather obscure one!

I laughed when I read this verse about helping a fallen donkey of someone who hates you.  “You want to refrain from helping it.”  Isn’t this human nature?  You hate me, so when you need my help, I don’t want to do it.  I want to refrain.  In fact, even worse, inside I am secretly smiling at your misfortune.  “Your donkey’s down.  Serves you right.”

Proverbs 24:17 Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice.

Rather than gloating or rejoicing over someone’s misfortune, we’re to help them.  Here’s an OT form of loving your enemies!

Application

The next time I’m tempted to smile at my adversary’s misfortune, I will help them up instead!

Prayer: Lord, this is completely counter-intuitive.  Fill me with Your Spirit!  I need Your love in me if I’m to behave this way!