Sunday, May 5, 2019

Little Foxes Can Cause Big Problems

The space shuttle Discovery was once grounded—not by technical difficulties but by woodpeckers. They pecked on the insulating foam on the shuttle’s external fuel tank. Without the foam, ice forms on the tank when it’s fueled which could cause disaster. The damage was repaired and the Discovery later launched the Hubble Space Telescope.

Little things can have big consequences. Solomon wrote, “The little foxes…are ruining the vineyards, while our vineyards are in blossom.” (Song of Sol. 2:15). You’d think a drought or a hail storm would be the biggest reasons vineyards were destroyed. But Solomon said “the little foxes” were the culprits in causing the destruction. A fence would stop the big foxes but the little ones could sneak through.

The vineyard owner couldn’t see the little foxes running through the vineyard and breaking the tender vines. The withered vines wouldn’t become visible until a couple of days later. Enough ruined vines meant no grapes grown and no wine for that year.

The “little foxes” are still around and can cause problems today. The little fox of temptation—looking at porn and “innocent” flirting can lead to a broken marriage. The little fox of unforgiveness results in the cancer of bitterness. The little fox of mismanaging money leads to unbearable debt or embezzlement. The little fox of worry destroys your peace of mind.

Little things can cause big problems but you can stop it before it gets out of hand. Is a little fox destroying your vineyard?

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