Beware of the Little Things (Song of Solomon 2:15)
Song of Solomon 2:15, Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.
Song of Solomon describes the love between a man and his wife. In many ways it also pictures the love between Christ and the church.
The vines represent the vineyard of growing love between the two lovers. Tender grapes have resulted from their love, but there is a great danger to the continuing of this love. It is the danger of the little foxes. These foxes can spoil the vines on which is located the tender grapes. Therefore, our verse is a call to remove these “little foxes” so that the vineyard of love will continue to prosper. What are the little foxes? They are the seemingly little aggravations which can ruin love. They are little words and acts of conduct which can hurt the growth of love between a husband and a wife. These things seem like “little” foxes, but they can ruin the vineyard of love.
The Scriptures warns us to be careful of the little foxes, the small foxes that want to enter into our vineyard and corrupt it. The little foxes represent those things in our lives that seem to be small, insignificant, unimportant, those things that have just gotten a start in our lives. We must be careful letting new things get a grip in our life. Little foxes are very dangerous things, things that often go unnoticed, things that enter in unannounced, things that are unrestrained.
Some of the little foxes that can bring great harm to a marriage are the little cutting words of a husband and wife. It does not take a long critical dissertation to disturb the vines of love. Love thrives on compliments not on cutting remarks. Many failed marriages started simply with little unkind words. If we would be honest with ourselves, none of us plan on forsaking God, none of us have considered a specific time to fall by the wayside. The road to corruption never starts with something big, obvious; it always starts with giving heed to the insignificant, the unimportant, and the small. We drop our guard, we think that we have arrived, we feel secure in our own strength. But remember, it is not the lion or the bear that spoils the vines, it is the little insignificant foxes that bring destruction.
Points to Ponder:
He knows the little foxes. He knows your thoughts, your secret sins and words that have grieved Him. Little things can hurt devotion as well as big things. Take care that you do not let little things ruin your devotion to the Lord, your spouse, your family etc.
Questions to Consider:
Have you dropped your radar? Have you let the little things find entrance into your life? How many are running free in your life? It may have pricked your heart at first, but you explained it away, you excused it away, you failed to expose it for what it really was. Are you able to admit this? Can you call them out and expel them?
PRAYER: Father, often I focus on the few major things rather than focusing on the many little things that are spoiling my relationship with You and my family. Help me to pursue You and daily chase away these little spoilers. In Jesus name, Amen.
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