The little foxes?
"Catch for us the little foxes, the little
foxes that ruin the vineyards.."
Song of Solomon 2:15
A little thorn may cause much suffering. A little cloud may hide
the sun. Little foxes spoil the vines; and little sins do mischief to
the tender heart. These little sins burrow in the soul, and make
it so full of that which is hateful to Christ, that he will hold no
comfortable fellowship and communion with us. A great sin
cannot destroy a Christian, but a little sin can make him
miserable. Jesus will not walk with his people unless they drive
out every known sin. He says, "If you keep my
commandments, you shall abide in my love, even as I have
kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love."
Some Christians very seldom enjoy their Saviour's presence.
How is this? Surely it must be an affliction for a tender child to
be separated from his father. Are you a child of God, and yet
satisfied to go on without seeing your Father's face? What!
you the spouse of Christ, and yet content without his
company! Surely, you have fallen into a sad state, for the
chaste spouse of Christ mourns like a dove without her mate,
when he has left her.
Ask, then, the question, what has driven Christ from you? He
hides his face behind the wall of your sins. That wall may be
built up of "little" pebbles, as easily as of great stones. The sea
is made of drops; the rocks are made of grains: and the sea
which divides you from Christ may be filled with the drops of
your little sins; and the rock which has well near wrecked your
ship, may have been made by the daily working of the coral
insects of your little sins.
If you would live with Christ, and walk with Christ, and see
Christ, and have fellowship with Christ, take heed of "the little
foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes."
Jesus invites you to go "with him" and take them. He will
surely, like Samson, take the foxes at once and easily.
Go with him to the hunting.