Once, an axe begged the trees to let him have one little piece of wood to make a handle and he would never trouble them anymore. He got it, and then he soon cut them all down! Yes, the devil only wants to wedge your heart with a little sin that you allow and you will soon be owned by him.
The Word of God has always cautioned the lamentable consequences of the ‘small things’ that are despised. Take a look at these verses:
“Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark” (James 3:5).
“As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor” (Ecclesiastes 10:1).
“Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom” (Song of Solomon 2:15).
“Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough?” (1 Corinthians 5:6).
“A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough” (Galatians 5:9). “
A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest - and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man” (Proverbs 6:10-11; 24:33-34).
It is true that a small hole in a ship, sinks the ship. Have you ever seen any such ‘little things’ which you denied giving any attention to in your life? A little laziness in keeping yourself physically fit made you obese. A little carefree attitude in not eating the right things led you to be malnourished. A little careless driving led you to a devastating accident. A small place that you gave to a wrong person cost you your whole life. Just a little more time with that filthy magazine stole all your dreams and goals. A small peek into those lust-filled websites fired your whole brain. Just a small desire to taste the wine landed you in shame and poverty. That little attitude of unforgiveness, bitterness and jealousy caused you to be stagnant in your life. The little time that you did not give to God every day, ran you into spiritual dryness. A small unclean chat with your friend spoiled the garden of your life. A little unpunctuality and lethargy made you lose a great profitable project.
Dear friend, are you able to identify with any of these little foxes or all?! Instead of being a healthy fruitful garden, there are either less fruits or no fruit in your garden at all. Those little foxes you permitted to scurry around in your vineyard are the reason for a barren garden. If you had not allowed those little foxes, they would not have vandalized your vineyard today. Is it not true that the little foxes and not big dinosaurs are the ones that spoil your garden? If you find a dead fly or a cockroach or a dead lizard in your dinner plate, you feel nauseated and throw away the food. You do not eat it. Right? If so, why do you tolerate the cockroaches, dead flies and lizards that spoil your mind and cost you your destiny? The reason is, the consequences of ignoring the ‘little things’ at the beginning are not much visible but they erupt as sudden volcanoes that scalds you completely.
We read in the Bible that just a small lustful look at Bathsheba led the great worshipper David into murder and adultery (2 Samuel 11). The strong man, Samson, slept on the lap of Delilah just for a moment and lost his awesome God-given strength to fight against his enemies (Judges 16:1-21). A small moment where Peter’s focus shifted from Jesus to the raging sea made him to sink in the sea (Matthew 14:29).
My friend, do not be discouraged by the damage done to your vineyard. Just chase those little foxes away today! As the Google map always recalculates your path to your desired destiny whenever you take a wrong turn, there is always a way to chase these little foxes and stay in the right path to reach your destiny. As you do this recalculation, you will become a fruit-bearing tree! God is with you in this journey. Cheer up!
Let us see what David, Samson and Peter did after their aforementioned failures.
When the prophet Nathan convicted David of his sin, David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die” (2 Samuel 12:13). And we can see the prayer of David in Psalm 51:10-12 after committing adultery with Bathsheba – “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” God heard his prayer and forgave him and also established the throne of David. Beloved, would you make this Prayer of David, your prayer? “If you confess your sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive your sins and purify you from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Repentance is the first step to recalculate your path towards your destiny. Your repentance fires those little foxes!
Renewal of strength:
We read in Judges 16:28 the prayer made by Samson. “Then Samson prayed to the Lord, “Sovereign Lord, remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.” My dear friend, ask God to renew your strength. It will cause you to rise up again from the pit of your weaknesses like Samson whose hair began to grow again after it had been shaved (Judges 16:22). Trust in the promise, “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6). Renewal of strength follows repentance.
Focus on Jesus:
Peter cried out, “Lord, save me” (Matthew 14:29). Immediately, Jesus brought Peter’s attention back to Him by reaching out His hand and rescuing him. Beloved, God will save you from your weaknesses as you call on Him. This would cause you to focus on His goodness which in turn would increase your faith! He never condemns you. He is your helper. He has promised: “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10). Staying focused on Him would help you avoid taking the wrong turns in your life.
Catch those little foxes and drive them out today!.
Focusing on little things would bring about a 180 degree turn in your life!