Nearly every day as I throw hay to the horses and to the goats, some pieced of that flake of hay, if the wind blows ever so slightly, lands back on me. Pieces of hay, slivers of hay, chaff, teeny- tiny-miniscule-little-irksome-irritations land on me going down my shirt, my boots, where ever…ug. Farm folks know just how it is. The irritation is there poking, itching, scratching…until you’ve had enough and you must stop to take it out. Nate had a similar situation in his boot as we walked to the horse pasture. He couldn’t go another step. He used me as a balancing post as he shook out his boot, his stockinged foot hovering over the wet grasses. He also inspected his sock to make sure the little problem was gone.
I told this story to my friend Peggy, saying I was going to somehow use it for a devotional, and she immediately said…Oh those little foxes. Little foxes? I didn’t know what she was talking about so I went home to study. Now this verse has come to my attention, Song of Solomon chapter 2 verse 15, Catch us the foxes, The little foxes that spoil the vines. For our vines have tender grapes.
In Solomon 2:15, it said to watch out for the little foxes that spoil the vines. Here is one more verse. John 10:10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have more abundantly.
Jesus doesn’t want us to have those little foxes in our life. Those temptations that satan throws our way, sometimes, so deceitfully. Jesus wants us to have an abundant life, a good relationship with Him, and with the one we are married to, and with our family, and with our church, and on our jobs, an abundant life. Satan is a thief, a pick-pocket, almost undetectable, his strategy is to steal away our joy, our love, our worship time, our family relationships, our work ethic, our life.
There are so many thoughts and things in our lives that can nip away at our attachment to the vine, our relationship with God. These thoughts and things are like the little fox nibbling on the grapes, robbing us. What are some of those things that come into our life every single day to spoil our relationship with God? Jealousy, Feelings of inadequacy, feelings of insecurity, stress and doing too much, lots of meetings, secretive things, drugs, alcohol, a race up the ladder of success, sports, a relationship, a baby, yes even being enamored with a baby can draw us away from God if we are not careful. Keeping ourselves, our branch, attached to the vine, Jesus, is the most important thing we will ever do.
So how are we able to handle those little foxes in our life, the predators that ruin our relationship with Jesus? It is in the first rising of the thoughts. Hey…You can’t stop the birds from flying over your head, but you sure can stop them from nesting in your hair. You can make wise choices:
1. Ask God for His help.
2. Confess to Him you sins and problems
3. Be intentional about seeking Him every day…no matter if there are tests or meetings or deadlines.
4. Keep God first place.
You may be wondering as you’ve read this devotional how my hay situation story fits. My friend…if you have a little fox in your life, your focus is off. It is ruining your relationship with the Lord, and you’ve got stop and get it out.