What is the little red fox in the vineyard?

Question: “What is the symbolic meaning of the Song of Solomon’s story about a little red fox in the vineyard?”

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Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards, for our vineyards are in blossom (Song of Solomon 2:15).

This verse is very important to our future when we review its symbolic meaning.  To most, a fox is a very attractive, cute little animal that some wish they could have.  In reality, the fox is a very sly, sneaky, destructive animal that sneak into vineyards, eating the grades, chewing the bark, and digging up the roots.

The vineyard symbolizes our mind and the little red fox symbolizes destructive thoughts that come into our mind. Thoughts when permitted to grow can result in damaging or destroying our life and our walk with the Lord.

If we permit Satan’s thoughts to remain, they can build to the point where we believe and follow them into situations that can destroy us. Or we can choose to catch and eliminate them from our mind. This verse is given as a warning to be on guard while our mind is tender in blossom, about to grow into good fruit, to review our thoughts before bad thoughts can grow and destroy.

Second Corinthians 10:5 warns us to Cast down imaginations, and every high thing that raises up against the knowledge of God. We need to examine our thoughts and cast them down if they are of Satan.

An update to Solomon’ verse would be “Permitting only a little sinful thought to remain can ruin the fruitfulness of your Christian life.”

Existing sin, be it what we may consider to be small or big is the same to God, a sin, and it is sin that separates us from God. And what is Satan’ objective, to separate us from God and God’ blessings. To destroy us in hell.

Every sin starts with a thought. It may take years for a thought to grow into a sin or it may only take a few seconds. If we flirt with one thought, such as how pretty the secretary is, it can grow and lead to another thought . . . until!  We need to nip a wrong thought in the bud and cast it out of our mind before it grows and takes over.

The Apostle Paul asked, You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you (Galatians 5:7-8). In other words, You where living as a Christian pleasing to the Lord, what happened to you?

A similar verse would be Galatians 5:9.  A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough. It can take only a little yeast, the wrong thought, working in your mind, to ruin your whole life. Not every sin will end in destroying our life, but it can put us on the path to sins that will destroy the blessings and life God has given us.

And James reminds us, Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark (James 3:5). Notice that little foxes, little sparks, and little thoughts can destroy a great forest, your life.

... each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. Don’ be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters (James 1:14-16).

Whether a little lust, a little jealousy, a little pride, a little gossip, or a little lie: avoid all the little foxes! Lying thoughts may come to our mind from Satan or may be presented by others, or even planted by false teachers. Daily fight the fight and cast down the little red fox thoughts before they take hold and grow into sin.

Other little red fox sin thoughts and actions can include quarreling (First Corinthians 3:1-3), pride (Proverb 16:18), bitterness (Ephesians 5:21), sexual immorality (Colossians 3:5), materialism (Colossians 3:5), lack of prayers (James 4:2), filthy language (Colossians 3:8), envy (Galatians 5:21), and drunkenness and drugs (Galatians 5:21).

Another often overlooked red fox is complaining, both in conversation and to self. You may mention that the weather is too hot, or too cold, or too rainy. The elevator is too slow or the traffic is too heavy, the kids are not cooperating, the news is always negative, or the house needs repairing. Sounds familiar? I know. We all do it. However, these and similar words create an attitude that discourages gratitude and it impacts our faith. I cannot be grateful for what I have if I am always complaining about the negatives and I lose focus on the one who is providing all the positives in my life, the Lord. Cast out the negative little red fox thoughts and start thanking the Lord for all that He has given you.

Keep your vineyard growing strong, build a fence around it - the Word of God by learning and meditating on it, protect yourself from the thoughts of the little red fox, so that he cannot spoil your harvest.

It is the wise person who considers their thoughts and casts away the thoughts of the enemy, who are able to live a righteous life pleasing to the Lord.

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