Thursday, August 13, 2009

Thursday's Thoughts

Check Your Vineyard!
Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom - Song of Solomon 2:15

Commentary explains:
As a vineyard worker herself (
Son 1:6), this woman understood the danger a fox brings to a vineyard of grapes. History confirms that foxes destroy vineyards by eating the grapes. Fitting to the symbolic nature of poetry, the vineyards represent their intimate relationship and the little foxes represent anything that threatens to unravel that relationship. Just as foxes would destroy vineyards (remember Aesop’s “The Fox and the Grapes”?) stress, financial chaos, pornography, out-of-control children, workaholism, or over commitment in ministry can destroy the physical intimacy for a married couple. What do you do with little foxes? You trap them and get rid of them. Too many married couples try to keep up their vineyard and keep the foxes happy at the same time. But foxes are crafty and relentless. They won’t leave you alone until you deal with them. She begs her lover to get rid of these pests, lest their love be spoiled.

Little foxes do not only destroy the marriage relationship. Little foxes can devour you completely…one little bite at a time. BIG foxes like sickness, death, loss of a job, “back sliding”, etc. are easy to spot and we are quick to call Satan’s hand when he tries to send big foxes into our vineyard. HOWEVER, the little foxes can go unnoticed…for a time. We try to keep things running as they should and often find ourselves at a loss as to why things are “out of sorts”.

When you find you are feeling “out of sorts”, check your vineyard. Ask the Holy Spirit to make you aware of the little foxes Satan has placed in the vineyard of your life! If you find little foxes in your vineyard, call them out! They are just as dangerous as the big ones! They eat the fruit in your vineyard…the fruits of:
  • Love
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Longsuffering
  • Kindness
  • Goodness
  • Faithfulness
  • Gentleness
  • Self-control

So, check your vineyard. Send those little foxes packing.

Hugs, K