Topic: Little Foxes In The Vine [November 12, 2016]
Text: Song of Solomon 2:10-17
Key Verse: "Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes" (Song of Solomon 2:15).
God has given man all things to enjoy, but man has allowed little things to ruin his joy. Examine some joyful, beautiful things He offered man. He instituted marriage for instance, for his delight and pleasure. Alas, man permits his own creation to creep in to destroy the institution.
Sometimes, discord might creep into a peaceful home through misconceptions that are not properly trashed out. The man may be brooded by pride if he doesn't get the honour due him, while the wife may respond in kind by withdrawing her customary matrimonial duties to him. Inappropriate response has often led to domestic wars. All these constitute "little foxes" or problems that can disturb or destroy the joy of a relationship planned by God to approximate heavenly conditions.
Our discussion today reveals wise lovers who do not want little foxes to trigger problems between them. Hence, the plea in verse 15: "Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes". "Little foxes" often cause the biggest problems in marriage. These irritations must not be minimized or ignored; rather, they must be collectively identified and properly tamed together. As Christians, we must watch against seemingly innocuous doctrines whose purveyors are determined to overthrow our focus on sound teaching.
Their teachings may look harmless. These false people may be our relatives or colleagues in the workplace or neighbors whom we do not suspect of overt evil. We must reject their overtures. They are "little foxes" sent to "spoil our vines" and the "tender grapes", that is, the hearts of flesh the Lord gave us in place of a deadly sinful stony heart.
Thought for the day: Beware of false prophets; they have the nature of cunning foxes.
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