Lamentations 5:15 The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning.16 The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, that we have sinned! 17 For this our heart is faint; for these things our eyes are dim.18 Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it.
The threat gets greater and greater for the Christian. The Bible tells us that as iniquity increases the love of many will wax cold. That is talking about Christians. The devil seems to have opened up a new foxhole containing a new bunch of foxes. He works every way to trip us to sin or backslide. If you are familiar with dogs in the house, it’s not the big ones you trip over; it’s the little ones.
Song of Solomon 2: 13 The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. 15 Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.
In Solomon’s time, hundreds of years before Jeremiah, we see something else along this same line. This is about King Solomon and the Shulamite woman. This describes, spiritually speaking, our fellowship with the Lord. When we walk with him and seek him we are much better off. She gave her all to Solomon and he was her protector. The same goes for the Lord. He is our protector and we must do right by him. He has given us all we need to protect the vineyard of our life. Walk in the vineyard daily with the King.
Look back at verse 15 again. Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes. Here is the caution: watch out for the foxes. Two hundred years later Jeremiah writes and we see Israel in desolation. The foxes are loose in Zion. Some say a little bit won’t hurt. That’s what Sampson said. Look what happened to him. Peter said it and then followed Christ afar off denying the Lord three times. We’re intimidated in our open profession of Christianity. Look at the media, at Hollywood, and government policy. The little foxes are walking around! They can’t take what you have in the Lord but you may find yourself empty and desolate if you don’t defend your faith. Keep the fence around your relationship with God. We have what we need to protect the tender grapes of our salvation.
Foxes are sneaky and clever. So are raccoons and ground hogs. They don’t just all of a sudden rush in. They sneak in. The first wave of invasion is infiltration. A little dog doesn’t walk up in front of you and ask if it can bite your ankle. It sneaks up behind you. The little sins are the ones we don’t think will do much harm. They will. I don’t know how animals communicate with each other but they do. Leave one fox, raccoon, or ground hog alone and pretty soon you have no garden left. More have come in to help. Don’t ignore the little sins. Don’t let them stay in your vineyard. If you do, sooner or later other sins will get in—a little here, a little there. Soon your vineyard will be full of weeds. Foxes will be walking around in Zion and you’ll find yourself away from the Lord. Can it happen to me? I’ve seen it happen to many over the years. Peter didn’t believe the Lord when he told him he would deny him, but it happened.
We’re closing out the first month of 2017. Foxes won’t give up so we can’t either. Others may give up but that doesn’t mean you and I have to. Verse 21 says Turn thou us unto thee, O Lord, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old. When the Shulamite woman saw the foxes were too much for her she turned to the King. We must turn to the Lord. The only way to keep the foxes out is to stay turned to the Lord.
Have foxes gotten in your vineyard? More will come. While they are still little ask the Lord to get rid of them. He knows what to do. Instead of letting foxes loose in the vineyard, turn Jesus loose!