Catch us the foxes, The little foxes, that spoil the vines, For our vines have tender grapes. – Song of Solomon 2:15
Expounding on the allegory, vines or in some translation vineyard speak of our spiritual walk with God. Foxes speak of the sins, secret sins, habitual sins and bad habits in our lives.
When we become believers, we seek to belong to the Lord, we desire to become more holy and righteous. Our vineyards are properly maintained when we accept Jesus into our lives. But along the way, little foxes (habitual sins and bad habits) may have make their way back into our lives, plaguing us unrelentingly. Every fruit (Godly character, attitudes, maturity, etc) that was produced by the vines, the foxes have eaten up, because it was within their reach.
More often than not, we cry out to God, “Lord take them away from me! Please!” Apostle Paul cried out the same words because of the thorn in the flesh which constantly agonize him. (It was not explained what is this thorn that Paul spoke of. It may mean a physical disability or temptations from past habitual sin(s) ) But God spoke to him, And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
In every temptation that hits you, know that God knows. God wants you to know that no temptation has overtaken you, but that you are able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
As a believer, we need to make a constant effort to protect and maintain our vineyard. Guard your heart, the Bible says, for out of it flows the issues of life (Prov 4:23). When the vineyard is maintained well, fruits (Godly character, attitudes) are produced and the farmer would say that the harvest was well worth all the trouble of taking care of the vineyard.
But He knows the way that I take; When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold. – Job 23:10
We need to keep the vines out of reach of the little foxes. Starve those foxes (habitual sins and bad habits), don’t let them grow up, for they will do more damage then!
Make sure that the support holding the vines is high and out of reach by the foxes and thiefs. Do that by bearing temptations, running from temptations, praying and fasting. Cry out to God for a way of escape.
It will take some time to overcome the foxes, but as long as we don’t give up, eventually those sins will have no more power over our lives.
Eventually, the age-old classic will be lived out!