Friday, 4 January 2019

Little Foxes

  Proverbs 4:6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.

     
Song of Songs 2:15 Catch for us the foxes—the little foxes that ruin the vineyards—for our vineyards are in bloom.
      Although the little foxes in the case of the above scripture verse is referring to the little things that can destroy a loving relationship or a marriage - we can also see this analogy as ruining our love relationship with God who loves us fully. Rom. 5:8 But God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. If we do not stay close to God, the little things that distract us and leave us vulnerable to sin can take the bloom off of our love for God. Self-condemnation and guilt can cause us to step back from crying out to God for His forgiving love.
      It is the little things that bring tension into a marriage as in intimacy issues, debt, illness, broken promises, careless statements or taking one another for granted. These things are not evil in themselves, but these little foxes can get in the way of married life when our attention is drawn away from our lovers because of all these looming issues. Love is gentle and delicate; therefore, must be nurtured by being aware of the little foxes that can cause problems within an honest and heartfelt union of love.
     The separation of loved ones is the enemy's tactic, and it is not always a full blown frontal assault that he uses to undermine and destroy relationships. Most of the time it is the small things that are piled one on top of another that start to wear out the heart's capacity to go forward in love - causing a stale and loveless existence. Rev.2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
      When the little foxes are caught and dealt with before trouble starts, then love is vibrant and full of God's power, giving us the supernatural ability to be the first to apologize, forgive, and extend love because the love is nurtured and genuine. Someone once said, "The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to forget is the happiest." No wonder the enemy of our soul tries to brake up lover's closeness and intimacy. 
      The reason for the attack on Christian couples is simple. A husband and wife, who together love and serve the Lord by faith, are a force to be reckoned with. Satan knows it to be true and this is why he spends so much time being a home wrecker. Eccl. 4:12 A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. 
      When a husband and wife are covenanted with God and are in union, the triple-braided cord will strangle the works of the enemy. Matt. 18:18 Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will have been loosed in heaven. 19 Again, truly I tell you, if two of you on earth agree about any matter that you pray for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.
      Yes, the little foxes ruin the vineyards, and the little things we ignore when God's voice is talking to us can affect the strength of our faith because we start taking God for granted. Remember, the lover of our soul is God Himself, and not some philanderer who uses and throws us aside when He is bored with us. No Saints. He is the one who gave His son, Jesus, as a living sacrifice because His love was and is absolutely real toward us. We can count on the love of God for now and evermore. Jer. 31:3 The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you." Time to chase the little foxes away for good. Amen!

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