The Little Foxes – Jan. 23rd, 2019

Tending to our vineyard…

Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.

Song of Solomon 2:15 (KJV)

We really don’t see too much written or preached from the Song of Solomon. That really is a shame. Not that this book, in particular, has greater potential for growth than any other book of the Bible.

Perhaps it is a disregard for its theological value because it is a love sonnet. Others may see this as being a bit too private for our prying eyes.

But the truth is that God desires a relationship with us. One that is more intimate than any relationship we can have with another human being. This isn’t to say that our relationship with the Lord must supplant our relationship with our mate, family, and others.

On the contrary, our relationship with our creator deepens our love for everyone else as we grow in love toward our Creator. If it does not, then there is a problem that must be addressed in our relationship.

The structure of the Song of Solomon outlines the phases of a relationship from the beginning to its middle, to maturity. It reflects upon the courtship. It revels in the wedding. It takes great joy in the maturing of the couple in marriage and partnership. When we overlay our relationship with God on this text, we find that we begin to see how much He expresses His love and devotion to us.

As you study the scripture, it becomes apparent that one of the most obvious of its purposes is to entail God’s love for His Creation, you and me. If that is the case, then the Song of Solomon shouldn’t be avoided but celebrated by every follower of Jesus.

There is much too much inside of this book to do it justice, so today we are only going to look at this one verse and how it applies to our lives, our relationship with the Creator, our husband to be, our love above all else.

Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.

Song of Solomon 2:15 (KJV)

It’s the little things that spoil the vines

 

In a marriage, it is the little things that are the first signs of problems. One becomes further detached from the other, time slips away, and the importance of attention ebbs.

Our relationship with God is no different at all. The little foxes creep into the vineyard and seek to feast on the grapes and gnaw on the tender shoots of the vine.

It is critical that when these foxes are discovered that they are taken away from the vineyard so that healthy growth may continue to flourish. It’s the little foxes that spoil the vine.

When we overlay this in our relationship with the Lord, it is the little things that interfere with our relationship with Him as well. We have busy schedules, so we shorten our allotment of time in prayer or the study of His Word. We have things that we need to accomplish to maintain our household and position in life. We have to have some me-time, just to restore our sanity and center our thinking.

Whatever the excuse, it is only that; an excuse. Our me-time should be the time we spend nurturing this relationship we have with our Creator. It is there that our thinking is cleared, our perspective is clarified, when we center our lives on Him and His Word.

But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

James 1:22 (CSB)

We simply cannot be doers, if we aren’t hearers. This relationship requires investment.

If we aren’t feeding on His Word and keeping up that conversation with Him, the time we do spend with him isn’t as intimate or nurturing as it was in the beginning.  It’s the little things that separate and damage our vines, our relationship with Him.

There isn’t anything that is more sad than to see a couple who had a warm loving relationship slip into stagnation when their desire and care for each other has been eroded over time. Likewise, there is little more beautiful and heartwarming than to see a couple who’s love matures in trust and reverence. Not reverence for the other, but for the relationship that they share, and the Gift God has given them in each other.

The same is true of our relationship with the Lord. Our reverence for Him grows out of our recognition and devotion to our relationship with Him. The fascinating thing about growing our relationship with the Lord is that our relationship with our mate and everyone around us grows at the same time.

There is a commercial running on TV right now regarding polygamy, it actually is celebrating it to the viewer. In that commercial, one individual states, as apparent justification for this activity, he “needs more love”. 

More love is exactly what growing our love of the Lord does. It doesn’t require a polygamous relationship to bring more love into our lives. It takes more God!

As we mature our relationship with God, we grow closer to him. If our partner in life is growing closer to God, then the distance between you and them becomes ever closer as you approach the Lord. At the same time, the fruit of this vineyard enables us the power to reach out to those others around us, to raise their growth in love as well.

As long as we pay attention to the little foxes and keep them out of our vineyard.

Let us attend to the vineyard, shooing away those little foxes from it. Focus on the details of our commitment to our Lord. Focus on our commitment to the relationships He has blessed us with. Nurture these as we repel the little foxes and allow the vineyard the ability to replenish and grow much fruit from its vines.

Beware, the little foxes.

In His Grace,
Kip…

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