In the Song of Solomon 2:15, we are exhorted to: "Catch us the foxes, The little foxes that spoil the vines, For our vines have tender grapes" (NKJV). Did you notice the word 'little?' Foxes are small. However, foxes can do a great deal of damage. Therefore, it says to 'catch' them.
This verse of Scripture serves as a warning to us! Oh, how we need to 'watch for those things that seem so innoncent and yet in reality do a lot of damage!
Rev. Harvey Neal, my pastor and mentor, once put it this way:
"The devil sends his many little foxes to spoil our lives as children of God.
The vine of humility can be ruined by the little fox of pride.
The vine of love can be ruined by the little foxes of envy, jealousy, and hatred.
The vine of loyalty and faithfulness can be ruined by the little fox of neglect.
The vine of industry can be ruined by the little fox of idleness.
The vine of truth can be ruined the little foxes of gossip and little 'white lies.'
The vine of generosity can be ruined by the little fox selfisheness.
The vine of compassion can be ruined by the fox of indifference.
The vine of spirituality can be damaged by the fox of materialism. And on and on we could go."
He went to say: "We need to watch for the little things that seem so innocent and harmless. They may not be as innocent or harmless as we think." I pray that you and I will be spiritually alert and watchful for the little foxes that can cause great damage to our lives and others. Let's get rid of them and walk in the Lord this day!