Song of Solomon says, “Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.” (Song 2:5)
Charles Spurgeon once said, “The sea is made of drops; the rocks are made of grains: and the sea which divides thee from Christ may be filled with the drops of thy little sins.”
As we either inspect ourselves or are made conscious of Christ’s perpetual inspection of us, what be the little sins that steal our closeness of relationship with Christ? Are there little things adding up to big problems in our spiritual lives?
Recently, I watched as a home was inspected for purchase. The inspector checked for small things. He did not pull onto the property, hastily do a circuit of the exterior, breezing through the main rooms and then giving the house a “go.” He carefully inspected small things. Any homeowner knows that something does not have to be big to be a major problem. What we are saying upon inspection is, “Let me know of all the little foxes that might spoil the vines.”
We think of small things when speaking of vehicles. Recently, someone told me of a car they recently replaced. They said, “There were never any major issues with that car, but it was nickle-and-diming me to death.” What they meant was, “The little foxes spoil the vines.”
There are small things in our lives that must be addressed towards our ultimate spiritual vitality. Will we allow the ultimate Inspector, the Holy Spirit, to thoroughly search the vineyard of our lives so that every part of our being might bring forth abundant fruit for the glory of God?