It is the little foxes that spoil the vines. We are to catch them as soon as we realize they are starting to appear. As we care for our vineyards, we become more skilled in watching out for them. We learn to pay attention if the little things are becoming significant when they should not.
For example, it’s the one little negative word spoken to us that tries to silence the wholesome words previously expressed. It’s the one little failure that attempts to efface the successes. It’s one of the little flaws in our character that aims at hiding the positive traits. It’s the one little disagreement that strives to turn into an offense.
Foxes dig holes in unseen areas. The Lord helps us build protective fences to set proper boundaries. We have to be determined to enforce them. When we do not keep a boundary, we actually open the fence to outsiders. We maintain our boundaries when we believe in the value and growth of our tender grapes. The little destructive foxes have potential; but in God, His constructive fruit will result in much more and remain forever. Let’s tend to our territory! Order intruders out in Jesus’ name and enjoy our vineyard, from glory to glory!
Song of Solomon 2:15 “Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes.”