God told us in Song of Solomon 2:15 (KJV) that it is “…the little foxes, that spoil the vines…” There are times when seemingly small details mess us up big time. It happens. And the word is “spoil” which is a bad thing. I’m wondering if maybe there might be “good little foxes” that somehow enhance, encourage, and enrich the tender vines of our lives.
We’ve all suffered sorrows and heartaches as we experience our vines injured, abused, neglected, and even stomped upon. Seeing the vine that you’ve cherished being spoiled is truly sad. No, as Christians we are not beasts of the field, but God does say that we are the sheep of His pasture, so I’ll just continue on with this blog and my good little foxes. Allow me to name some.
How about the good little fox of “A word fitly spoken”? God says this fox is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. I’m thinking of an encouraging word to a brother or sister, or even one to a lost man who is down and out. And if we add to that little fox the companion little fox of Proverbs 15:13 “A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance” then we are really enriching the other fella’s vine. Maybe the little fox is one of God’s many promises, and in some way He has opened for you “the windows of heaven” and poured you out a blessing! Maybe you looked at the beautiful sky He made and you heard the birds brightly singing, and it gave you an extra spring in your step this morning. Maybe it was even raining, and you reflected on how God was watering your garden and that if it did rain too much, you had God’s Ark of Salvation to take you through.
Should these littles foxes appear too beastly for you, just remember that God said one day “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” (Isaiah 11:6-9) That will be a great time, a time when Christ sets up His Kingdom right here on planet earth, and the beasts will not be at all beastly!
No, it’s not that way right now, and the vines of our lives remain in a constant struggle for peace and prosperity. But maybe you and I can be these good little foxes for God and man!
We don’t have to spoil the vines!
Love to all,