Do you have Little Foxes that Spoil the Vine?

I come from a place where tea is the main cash crop. Mostly the farmers get their pay at the end month on small bits but the huge pay comes at the end of the year mostly the month of November or December and we call the pay “bonus” and in my language we call it “bonaci” I have a friend who is a strong Christian and equally the husband and they have a small tea plantation.  The wife stays at home and takes care of the tea plantation and the husband has an official job in a nearby town.

My friend and I share a great deal and I have her permission to share this testimony with you today. The couple operates a joint account and they try their best to have a brighter future and of course have enough to take care of their daily needs.  They make great sacrifices and my friend tells me she sacrificies all “unnecessary expensive needs” to save as much as they can in their account.  Unfortunately the husband  did not take care of the “little foxes “in his work place! A little filtering with glamorous looking ladies, a little” hi “text, a naught email just for fun destroyed the “huge tree”.  Slowly the little foxes led her husband to give out the ATM card to the ‘little destroyer” and this particular season my friend and the husband had no‘ bonaci” and the whole year savings were gone just because of not taking care of the “little foxes”.  my friend could only cry ‘ if only my husband got satisfied with this uneducated, stay at home mum and thanked God for her sacrifices, this could not have happen. It’s too late but all I can pray is that God enables him to see this little foxes in future”

 As I listen to her story I am quickly reminded of the little foxes that may destroy a grieving person- huge vine and its little destroyer. Seemingly insignificant things can cause grossly disproportionate damage.  “Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines.” (Song of Solomon 2:15) 

Watch out and let guard ourselves against little foxes that do great harm to a Christian’s life especially when life is hurting.

Little Faith – Jesus want us to have faith that all will be well even when we are hurting. You may not find it easy to believe right now when the hurt is so painful, but God does know all about it. And He cares. He’s very close, even when He seems far away.

We know this is true because Jesus promised, “ ‘I am with you always, even to the very end of the age’ ” (Matthew 28:20). God is with you when you’re hurting. He says, “ ‘When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you’ ” (Isaiah 43:2). God is there in our worst trials and hurts.

 “Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?” (Matthew 6:30)

Not only is it impossible to please God without faith (Hebrews 11:6), but the Lord is displeased by our little faith. And yet, the same Lord who is dismayed at our little faith is also the one who said that mustard-seed-sized faith can move mountains.

It seems that His displeasure is not so much with the size of our faith, but with the fact that we do not take advantage of those opportunities to increase our faith that His grace supplies.

Little fear - When the emptiness, sorrow and pain lingers on, my only advice is to cast yourself upon the grace of God and allow Him to be your burden bearer. Don’t fear for the lord is with you. Ask the Holy Spirit to be your counselor and peace giver!  Here is what the disciples of John did after his terrible martyrdom.  "And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus." (Matthew 14:12)And old gospel songs says: "Take your burdens to the Lord and leave them there.  If you trust and never doubt, He will surely bring you out.  Take your burdens to the Lord and leave them there!"  The Bible states: "Commit thy way unto the Lord, trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass." (Psalms 37:5)

Jesus said: "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let mot your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (John 14:27)  "These things have I spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace.  In the world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."  (John 16:33)

Jesus Christ is the "same yesterday, today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8), therefore, He is still forgiving sinners, giving joy, peace and new life to those bound by fear and torment.  He is still healing broken hearts, broken spirits and broken bodies and freeing Satan's slaves by His life-giving blood, the authority of God's Word and the power of the Holy Spirit!

Little Gratitude “For who hath despised the day of small things?” (Zechariah 4:10) even though you are hurting remember to give thanks to God for the little good things that are happening to you because He knows what is going on in your life.  Don’t ever ignore God thinking that He is doing nothing about your situation.  How do you know He isn’t doing something about it? How do you know that your situation wouldn’t be much worse than it is—except for God’s intervention?

Just remember some people with a terminal disease feel that they actually have been given a great gift. Suddenly, the so-called little things become so much more important in their lives. They take time to smell the roses. They notice a beautiful sunset. They hear the birds singing. They savor every little nuance of life and are thankful for the privilege of enjoying them.

To the wise, little things mean so much! Let’s learn from the wise. May we praise God for everything including the so-called “small things.”

The Lord resents ingratitude (Romans 1:21). “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (I Thessalonians 5:18). Have you ever done something for someone and then never received so much as a thank-you? It hurt, didn’t it? Don’t you know that it hurts the Lord when we are given so much every day and don’t thank Him?

Little idle chattering. Don’t mistake idle chatter for fellowship. When hurting “Use your time to build things that last!” pray to God to help you avoid idle chattering for conversation is addictive.  When you get used to sharing you will get addicted to it and when you miss this company of heart – to heart meeting and spiritual sharing you will never heal. When hurting heal in a healthy way and a lot more people will receive the benefits.

The Little Tongue -“Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.” (James 3:5, 6)

When hurting it is so easy to say lots of things.  Remember the tongue is a little member in the body. A dagger is small compared with a sword, but it can kill just as well.

A little match can burn down a forest. A little tongue can do irreparable damage to a life. Bite your tongue before it bites you.

Little Love “Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.” (Luke 7:47)

Little love, lost love, and leaving the first love are insults and affronts to the Lord. “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love” (Revelation 2:4).

The love of Christ constrains us-not our love for Him but His love for us.  The hymn says: “No one ever cared for me like Jesus.” I love Him because He cares for me. He demonstrated His great love in that He died for me that why I have no doubts that even though I face many storms in life, he still cares and loves me. I don’t doubt that.  If you are hurting don’t ever try to doubt Gods love for you!

Another hymn says: “My heart is thrilled, my heart is filled to think He died for me.”

As you heal remember Jesus said that all the Law could be summed up in one command, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37).

A Little Folly “Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.” (Ecclesiastes 10:1)

A person who has a reputation for wisdom and honor can destroy that reputation by one off-color joke, one foolish deed, or one ungodly attitude. A moment’s mischief by one little fox of folly can outlast years and years of hard work.

One’s entire reputation can be destroyed overnight. Guard that vine. Do whatever it takes to keep the little foxes from your precious vine of reputation. It is easier to maintain a good reputation than to try to restore a sullied one.

A Little Leaven “Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?” (I Corinthians 5:6)

No one wants a little cancer, does he? Yet, people tolerate a little sin in their lives. Sin is cancer of the spirit. Cancer can destroy your life. Sin can destroy the soul. One malady is temporal; the other is eternal.

The insidious effect of one man’s sin spreads to others. “For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself” (Romans 14:7). We affect others. “Evil communication corrupts good manners” (I Corinthians 15:33). The West Virginia translation of that verse is: “If you lie down with dogs-you’re gonna’ get up with fleas!”

A Little Laziness “Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.” (Proverbs 6:10, 11)

Laziness spoils the vine of industry and success. It is also one of the resultants of depression for those who are hurting.

Wake up! Get out of bed! Get busy-before it’s too late! Chase the little fox of laziness from your tender vines, or you’ll have no vines, no grapes, and no profit.

 Comforting thought for the week

Little foxes can and do spoil the vine. The little foxes in our spiritual life can do so much harm. Let’s “take . . . the foxes, the little foxes.” Let’s chase the little foxes from our lives before the vine is damaged and life’s tender grapes are destroyed-before it’s too late.

 Our prayer for you today

Thank you heavenly father for teaching us about the little foxes. Help us to overcome them as we heal.  it is in the sacred name of Jesus Christ that we give thanks . Amen.