'Catch... the little foxes that spoil the vines...' Song of Solomon 2:15 NKJ
Today's verse is one of those Biblical double-takes: what does it even mean? A bit of context for you: in Old Testament times, grapes, melons and other fruits grew on vines. (Matter of fact: they still do!) Without grapes or melons, the people's diet would suffer. So, people in these ancient cultures depended heavily on the growth of these vines.
A little fox might look sweet in Disney cartoons and it might be just an urban pest in cities, but it's actually a serious threat to crops (and chooks!) in the country. Let one in, and then another and a few too many 'fox incidents' means that nobody gets to eat.
So, what are the pesky foxes in your life; small things that seem insignificant but left unattended will one day trip you up? Maybe it's a relationship that doesn't seem to be doing too much damage right now, but that you know isn't right for you. Chase off the fox before the vine is spoiled. Maybe it's a little wardrobe replenishment habit you've formed. Watch it before it turns out to be a crippling debt problem! What little foxes do you need to catch today? Little resentments, habits, or areas of dishonesty nip them in the bud. Do you need to be honest with someone or stop doing something? Put a date in your diary now to deal with it and make that date today!
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