Scripture: Luke 13:32
It is not quite certain whether the fox mentioned in the Bible is the same animal that we now call by that name. This animal is about as large as a common sized dog, and its color is yellow, or reddish brown. It never goes out alone to seek its food, but always in companies of forty or fifty together. Then they make strange noises, which sound very much like the crying of children. They do not go out for their food in the daytime, but wait till it begins to be dark; and then they kill all the animals they can find that are not too strong for them. Sometimes a large animal, like the lion, will hear the cries that they make when they are hunting, and will come and snatch away from them whatever they have found.
This is how the Bible describes foxes. I’d like to point out a few of the characteristics, that we may not be aware of, on how these little foxes show up in our spiritual lives.
1. Notice the fox never goes out alone. They always are accompanied by up to 40 other little foxes. And in our spiritual life there are times when everything seems to come at us at one time. Financial woes, marital woes, job woes, children’s woes and the list could go on and on. I know you know the expression “when it rains it pours.” But these could very well be little foxes in our lives, showing up to eat our strength, to wear us down and to make us doubt the God that we serve. They come in packs and the darkest time of our life. But let me remind you that Jesus is the way the truth and the light.
2. Notice the color of the fox is a yellowish golden red. Which enables the fox to blend in with its surroundings. When the foxes come to attack our lives, initially it just seems natural. We don’t realize that it is an attack of the enemy. These foxes show up in subtle ways: our prayer life or time is shortened, we don’t take the necessary time to stay in our Word, being late for church tends not to bother us and possibly our worship experience is not as intense as it used to be. The fox has come in with is natural, earthy colors and blends in so much so that we don’t realize that we are being eaten alive by this animal in our lives.
3. Notice that the fox makes noises like a crying child. And as women, we all have a tender spot for a crying baby. We all want to comfort, tend to the baby that is seeking to be nurtured. These foxes come in our spiritual lives disguised as something that we can’t see with the natural eye. For example, we take on habits that are not like Christ, and when we try to make a change, the habit cries, has a tantrum, it resists. We don’t realize that these are little foxes attempting to pull us away from our Lord and Savior. It is the little foxes that causes our flesh to resist when we try to make the spiritual adjustments. It cries because it doesn’t want to leave, and it wants to cling to us!
Prayer Point: I want to encourage you, to speak to the little foxes in your lives. Recognize them and call them out for who and what they are. They have come to destroy you. They do not want you to reach your goal. And what is your goal? Your goal is to be the best you can be for the kingdom of God. Go tell that fox (or foxes) I will complete the purpose that has been placed on my life.
James 4:7: Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
But as Jesus said, in Luke, 13:32… “ go tell that fox that I will keep driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow and on the third day I will reach my goal”.