I was reading the bible this morning, just looking for a passage that I had heard some time ago. But what I ended up stumbling across got me to thinking. Here is the passage I found:
"Catch the foxes for us,the little foxes that ruin the vineyards—
for our vineyards are in bloom." (Song of Solomon 2:15)
What I find the most interesting is, the way it is stated. Not only catch us the foxes, but catch us the "little" foxes that ruin the vineyard. It's like the writer is saying, I'm not so worried about the big foxes, because I see them coming. But help me to see when the little sneaky ones are trying to get in.
Let's look at this from another point of view. In life, there is always something trying to destroy us or bring us down. Sometimes there are big threats that come right up to our face and try to break us. Other times they are smaller threats. But which are the most dangerous?
I think the "little foxes" are more dangerous to the farm than the big ones. Why? Because you see the big ones coming. And even if you don't see them, they have trouble getting through the fence. But the little foxes creep in through the holes in the fence, and they destroy everything.
Now let's think about life. It is the "little" sins that really destroy us. We see the big threats coming and quickly say no. Those who have been in the church or in the youth group for awhile are not going to just jump up one day and say, "God is not real", or go and kill someone, or rob a bank. So those bigger mistakes are not the ones that get you easily. But the ones that do get to you are the little things. A "little" pornography, a "little" lie, a "little" gossip. The small things that sometimes seem so harmless, but later become much bigger. It is the little things that we have to watch out for. Those are the sins or mistakes that really pose a threat. Because they sneak in unnoticed and plant themselves in our hearts and destroy us little by little. So watch out! You may not see a big fox with fangs dripping with saliva ready to pounce, coming at you. But that sure doesn't mean that the little foxes aren't creeping in. In fact, they may already be in the vineyard (your head) destroying all the good things that are there.
Let us pray daily for God to help us protect ourselves from the little foxes that creep into our lives to destroy us.