'Catch... the little foxes that ruin... our vineyards...' Song of Songs 2:15 NIV
In the Old Testament, Solomon discovered that it's 'the little foxes' that were ruining the vineyards. They seemed harmless enough but they were digging holes and generally wrecking the place.
In the story of Esther, King Xerxes hires his best mate Haman to be Prime Minister and gives him serious power. Esther was a Jew who had been chosen to be Queen because of her beauty. Esther's Uncle Mordecai worked in the palace and, as a Jew, he refused to bow to Haman as Haman had demanded. Haman was so angry with Mordecai that he convinced Xerxes to kill all the Jews, by pretending they were a threat. In the end Esther was able to save her people by showing the King what sort of monster Haman really was. Haman was a 'little fox' in Xerxes' vineyard. Xerxes hadn't realised it but Haman had sneakily wheedled his way in and caused a lot of damage!
There are 'little foxes' in all our lives, small things that creep in and seem totally harmless but at the end of the day they could destroy you if you don't deal with them. The foxes can be attitudes, habits, people, relationships, thoughts, feelings, places you shouldn't go, TV you shouldn't watch, websites you shouldn't be on; all these can seem harmless.
So what now? Ask God to show you today what 'little foxes' are in your life, that need taking care of before it's too late. Ask him to give you the strength and wisdom to know how to deal with them in the right way.
Soulfood: Lev 24:17-22, Deut 15:7-11, Matt 5:38-48, Matt 5:38-48