The Little Foxes that Spoil the Vine
The Song of Solomon describes King Solomon’s love for the Shulamite girl. Verses 1:1-3:5 presents the courtship of this couple as their love blossoms and they prepare for marriage. This beautiful love story takes place as the vineyards are producing the small grapes that produce a good smell.
Small issues became a big hindrance in this couple’s pursuit of total oneness. Solomon uses an allegory in Song of Solomon 2:15 to describe their situation. “Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.” The fox was a menace during this season to the vineyard keeper. Small foxes were often too little to reach the grapes growing from the tops of the vine, so they would chew at the base of the vine until they chewed the vine in two which destroyed its life source.
In the coming weeks, we will study the characteristics of a fox which relate to the characteristics of the enemy of our soul. The lesson of this is that little, seemingly insignificant things can cause grossly disproportionate damage.
Prayer Point: Let us pray for God to open our hearts and mind to be more aware of the “little things” that eat at the root of our relationship with Christ and others. The fox is inconspicuous and sly by coming into the vineyard in the late evening and early morning. He hides during the day in a sheltered, secluded spot or den. He knew the habits of the vineyard keeper. The enemy of our soul is an opportunist and knows the things that bother us the most and he will step in to kill, steal and destroy all that God has for us to do! Let us pray this verse that we will guard our hearts with all diligence!
Proverbs 4:23 “Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.”
1 Corinthians 16:13-14 AMP “Be on guard; stand firm in your faith [in God, respecting His precepts and keeping your doctrine sound]. Act like [mature] men and be courageous; be strong. Let everything you do be done in love [motivated and inspired by God’s love for us.]
(post written by Geneva Galloway and Pastor Sylvia Staten)