Its curious the way Jacob blesses Issachar. He was the ninth son of Jacob and the fifth son of Leah. His name is derived from the mandrakes the mother used to hire Jacobs sexual favours from the sister. His blessing is to be an ass, to serve and protect. That is a paradox of leadership, a reward of his humility. His reward was to come from such a mundane blessing as service. Service is the secret of all great men who stand out in life. Later they are described as men who understood the times and had a command of their brethren( 1Chron.12:32). They joined the rest of the tribe to make David King. Someone says that they had wisdom of what to do at the right time because the right thing can be done at the wrong time. When we submit to serve others, God will raise us in life to become front line warriors like Issachar. Yes, we serve to lead. These kind are called servant leaders. You are one.
Issachar is a strong ass couching down between two burdens: And he saw that rest was good, and the land that it was pleasant; and bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant unto tribute. Genesis 49:14-15 KJV