Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom – Song of Solomon 2:15 NIV.
This is one of my favorite Scriptures and I say so because it always keeps me on my toes as a growing Christian. I took time to understand why the writer used a ‘fox’ instead of any other animal. I took time to understand the traits of a fox to better understand why this animal in particular. A fox is a silent animal with an incredible sense of sight, smell, and hearing. It exhibits tremendous cleverness in going after its prey. At times, it will actually play dead in order to attack a bird which is within its striking range. When hunted, it is very cunning, devious, and capable of misleading its pursuers with utmost skill. It has always been considered as an emblem of slyness, it is cunning and mischievous. In its subtleness, it is able to create much damage.
This Scripture keeps me on my toes because it makes me realize that it’s not always in the bizarre, huge things that we can be destroyed as the children of God but rather in the seemingly minor insignificant ones. We tend to underestimate the smaller things in life mostly because big sins/habits are sometimes easier to deal with than little ones. We often take special care to watch out for the big sins/habits, whereas it is the little things that we have to watch out for too. For an example, stealing is seen as a big sin but actually stealing comes from envy. Few really care about fighting against the spirit of envy but one is more alert about fighting against the spirit of theft. We forget that had we dealt with envy, then we could have avoided theft.
Every little thing matters in the kingdom of God, every minor habit. The devil is aware of our ignorance and that is why we are often caught off guard. Do not be a casualty, always be alert, and keep your character in check always because it is the small things that can destroy you forever.
It is the small things that can destroy you forever.