Admit it. We all get frustrated by the tiniest of things. We let very small things invade our peace with God. Once it invades, it conquers the kingdom. In that moment, you cannot think rationally. You’re rendered unable to discern between God’s will and your will. That is an incredibly dangerous position to be in.
You’re moments from allowing your vineyard to be spoiled.
There are little foxes about. They creep and sneak and scheme.
“Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.”
Song of Solomon 2:15
Child of God, be aware of your vineyard; that is, guard your heart, your thoughts, your mind. For our vines, though they be connected to the True Vine (John 15:1), are tender. Foxes desire to creep in and gnaw at their roots. These little annoyances and didn’t-get-your-ways can chew your vines and ruin your fruit.
We must keep a watch on our vineyard lest we wake up one morning to a spoiled crop.
The foxes have run rampant at that point. Maybe they’re still in the garden, finishing up. You rush to destroy them. In your rushing you make an even bigger mess. There is no prayer, no discernment. Foxes scatter and bounce while you run after them, tramping on grapes and vines. You can’t stop to think clearly. The mind rushes, “how did it get this bad? Where did all these foxes come from?” It is then you drop to your knees in utter shame and repentance asking the Gardener to grant you another field. But it didn’t have to end in that manner.
Had we given attention daily to our vineyard – our heart and mind – we wouldn’t be in that shape. The foxes couldn’t have crept in because we’d be alert of the dangers. If you know there are foxes around, look for them.
“…Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
What is it for your vineyard to be spoiled?
-Loss of the peace of God.
-Loss of contentment with His promises.
-Loss of your witness.
-Loss of fellowship with the God of All Mercies.
Your vineyard is everything. It is the field you tend to. It is the field God is planting and sending the rain waters of the Word to. It is the field He will yield fruit from by the Holy Spirit.
Let us pray to God, “Catch for us the foxes – those little foxes – keep them from spoiling our vineyard.” We’re not asking for Him not to send them. We need to see those foxes and be reminded that they’re out there. We simply need Him to catch them.