Characteristic of Responsibility
I Samuel 12: 3 – Behold, here I am: witness against me before the LORD, and before his anointed: whose ox have I taken? or whose ass have I taken? or whom have I defrauded? whom have I oppressed? or of whose hand have I received any bribe to blind mine eyes therewith? and I will restore it you.
Verse Three – “or whose ass have I taken?” – The donkey is a beast of burden and symbol of surefootedness. When traveling across rough terrain, the donkey was the animal of choice. Samuel was a man with values and he handled his personal issues privately. He never became a burden to the people and unloaded personal issues onto the nation.