Little Foxes

Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vineyard, for our vines have tender grapes. Song of Songs 2:15 (KJV)

I’ve lost count of the times I’ve experienced the heartbreak, or at least enormous disappointment, after successfully growing plants, shrubs, or a vegetable crop to a particular stage, only to watch the growth suddenly become stunted, and spoiled by some sort of little invaders, or harsh weather. How about you? In the Scripture above, vines with tender grapes, means the vines are in blossom, which is sweetly fragrant, and appears before the fruit actually forms. The little foxes are attracted to the tender branches of the blossom. They spoil the vineyards by breaking and damaging these tender vine branches so they cannot mature to their full potential of fruitfulness. These little foxes hide and skulk about doing their best to avoid detection. And for the most part, they are nocturnal and operate in the dark. Selah! Pause and calmly think about that. Also, they don’t root up, or destroy the vines completely, but rather stunt the growth; therefore, the vines have no chance of bearing good fruit. Figuratively speaking, the implored phrase, “Take us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vineyard” means let us catch the little foxes that spoil the vineyard of our relationship. What then, are theses little foxes, which can spoil the relationship between the Lord and the believer? These little foxes are sometimes termed the little sins, unseemly thoughts, adverse actions, inattentiveness, trivial pursuits, lures of the world, neglect in the relationship, taking for granted, and so on. These are the little foxes, which are the enemies of our hearts and souls: hindrances to our fruitfulness, hindrances to the graces, comforts, and promises of God. These little foxes need to be caught, overcome, and driven out of the vineyard of our Love relationship with our Lord. May we ever remain close enough to hear our Lord say to us, and honest enough to say to Him “Let us catch us the little foxes, for they are preventing the full pote ntial of fruitfulness in our relationship?”

Thank You, that as we come to You Lord, You are willing to come with us through our vineyard relationship to help us catch the “little foxes that spoil” the fruitfulness of our fellowship and our service unto You. In Your Caring, Healing Name, we come. Amen and Amen.

By Rosemary (Victory, Australia)