The Little Foxes

In Song of Solomon, we read an interesting verse that describes the relationship that we have with our Savior, as His holy bride, and the charge He has given His church concerning the care-taking of His kingdom:

Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.

–Song of Songs 2:2

Why are we to deal with these little foxes:  why are they so dangerous?

Little foxes, as small deceptions or singular temptations, are sometimes taken lightly or go unnoticed, but often lead to great ruin.  For example, David lusted after Bathsheba, conceived a child with her, and later conspired to have her husband, Uriah, killed on the field of battle (2 Samuel 11).

Of course, by faith, we may resist a single temptation, and yet, be overcome by the subtle influences of worldly passions that bear upon us at all times:  for these, as little foxes, threaten to spoil the vine of our love for the Savior, leading us away from Christ in our hearts.

Notice, though they may be easily defeated individually, taken together, they are made strong by their great number.

It is this constant deluge of small temptations and troubles that wears upon the soul–and for this cause, we are counseled to not grow weary in well-doing (Galatians 6:9; 2 Thessalonians 3:13).  

Of course, we know that afflictions and persecutions will increase exponentially under the reign of the anti-christ:  

And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

–Daniel 7:25

Consequently, we see that, whether in the tribulations common to this world at all times or those associated with the season of great tribulation, faith is expressed as patient endurance in the face of afflictions and persecutions that arise because of our belief in Christ and His word (Matthew 13:21).

Therefore, we must be wise concerning the little foxes:

  • We must recognize the great power of pet sins to overthrow the faith of some.

  • We must acknowledge the potential weariness that can result from continually enduring affiliations and persecutions.  

  • We must look to Christ as our example:  “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God,” (Hebrews 12:1-2).    

  • We must recognize our great need for encouragement from our brothers and sisters in Christ, as the means through which God prefers to strengthen us:   

    • “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching,” (Hebrews 10:25).  

    • “From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love,” (Ephesians 4:16). 

Other verses to consider:  Matthew 24:13; Luke 21:19; Romans 2:6-7; 1 Peter 4:19.

4 thoughts on “The Little Foxes

  1. Keep writing brother! Edifying words. Truly small things can become large down the road. And to escape the sin it will cost you something. Just like it cost David a son. But such is the high cost of following Christ. As Scripture says

    Luke 14:27-29New King James Version (NKJV)

    27 And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it— 29 lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him,

    Let us recognize that the price He paid is worth the cost of laying down our lives for Him!

  2. Yes, it is good today that we have the word of God in book form – what the early churches would have given for what we have. In the early church they had the apostles to guide them but today we have the same apostles,prophets and the Jesus Himself – in His written word which reflects the living Word. The bible is our precious companion in these hard times…

    But let us remember that Christ brings Shalom, Shalom – Double peace. In due time He will settle us in a peaceful land and habitation – for ever. That is something to keep focusing in.

    For now let us patiently endure whatever the world has to throw at us. It is good to have tribulation in this world if it brings forth the fruit of Christ in the next for us. If we live for Christ we are going to be persecuted but let us dwell also on the testimony of the new heaven and the new earth especially when we find this dark world pressing in on us.

    God bless you brother for your words of encouragement and may we all grow in grace and faith which works through Godly love for one another, the truth and Christ our Saviour.

    Every blessing

  3. “…let us dwell also on the testimony of the new heaven and the new earth especially when we find this dark world pressing in on us.”

    A-M-E-N, Colin, amen.

    This is a great comfort to us all, hallelujah.

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