Summer is the time that creepy, crawling things appear. Snakes, grass fleas, ticks, and even ants become nuisances to our day-to-day activities. Although small, these creatures can wreak havoc in our lives. Just spread out a picnic cloth and see how many decide to come and visit.
Scripture tells us that it is the small foxes that spoil the vines (Song of Sol. 2:15). Small animals bite at the foundation of the vine and damage its structure preventing nourishment from reaching its outermost parts where fruit is produced.
In the same way, it is the small sins that seem to overtake us as individuals. The little things manage to get in our way and spoil our pleasurable moments. These small sins prevent the fruit that draws sinners to our Lord from being produced.
“Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour.” Flies are little flying creatures that can land on the ointment, get caught in it, and die; thereby, causing the ointment to spoil. The ointment thus being spoiled is devalued and cast aside.
“[S]o doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honor” (Eccl. 10:1). What we tend to take for granted as acceptable may possibly turn out to be the sin that so easily besets us and destroys our reputation and testimony. What may be classified by some as a small sin is still as harmful as any other sin because it cuts off the spiritual nourishment to our branches and renders us fruitless.
Just as steps must be taken to rid ourselves of those day-to-day nuisances of pests and other creepy creatures we dislike, we must also take steps to rid ourselves of any sinful thoughts or actions that displease our Lord.
“And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming” (I John 2:28). No one wants to be caught with little foxes biting at their heels when Jesus returns. We want our vine to be running over with fruit that brings glory to Christ.