Genesis 49:14-15:

Issachar is one tough donkey
crouching between the corrals;
    When he saw how good the place was,
how pleasant the country,
    He gave up his freedom
and went to work as a slave.’’
(The Message)

This makes me think that the ‘’good’’ and ‘’pleasant’’ place we have in Jesus causes us to gladly be His slaves.

‘ I love, I love my Master,
I will not go out free,
For He is my Redeemer;
He paid the price for me.
I would not leave His service,
It is so sweet and blest;
And in the weariest moments
He gives the truest rest.

I would not halve my service,
His only it must be!
His only, who so loved me,
And gave Himself for me.
Rejoicing and adoring,
Henceforth my song shall be,
I love, I love my Master,
I will not go out free.’  Lyrics: Frances Ridley Havergal (verses 1 and 3).

Warren Wiersbe’s comments are helpful as always:  ‘We today think of a donkey as an ignoble beast of burden, but in Old Testament times, kings rode on donkeys (1 Kings 1:38ff.). The image in Genesis 49:14-15 is that of a strong people who weren’t afraid to carry burdens. The people of Isaachar were hardworking and devoted to the soil. They were content with their lot and made the most of it. This tribe produced no great heroes, but their everyday labor was a help to others. After all, not everybody in Israel was called to be a Judah or a Joseph!  Of Leah’s six sons, three lost God’s best blessings because of their sins: Reuben, Simeon, and Levi. They remind us that purity and self-control are essential to godly character. Zebulun and Isaachar were everyday people whose tribes served others but weren’t especially known for their exploits. We need farmers and merchants if the machinery of life is to run smoothly.’