Songs of Solomon 2:15 says, “Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards, for our vineyards are in blossom” (ESV). At a conference in Italy, Pastor Gani Obasan of Christ Apostolic Church WOSEM, Austria was teaching on a topic titled “Foxes in the field”. Using the text above, he affirmed that foxes are destructive animals that, if not caught, destroy one’s field (that is, one’s life).
He depicted foxes as wild animals that belong to the family of dogs. They are flesh-eating, crafty and deceitful animals; dangerous, always hungry, and never satisfied. Further, foxes are dirty animals carrying foul odor. I pray that the God will catch all foxes that have been destroying the field of your life in Jesus name.
Concerning the field of life which needs to be protected from foxes, Jesus would say to Christians, “Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9:38 KJV)
The world is the field that needs to be harvested, but in this field, there are foxes all over. So we need God to help us to catch the foxes so they do not destroy us.
Foxes in the world: Government and organizational policies and laws which the enemy has influenced to kick against God’s rules are foxes which the Lord must give us victory over, lest they destroy our souls.
Foxes in the Church: The church is a field where there are foxes: these foxes show up in form of false prophets, false pastors, false teachers, etc. Other foxes present themselves in form of vogue, innovations, etc. in the church. The world has already entered into the church such that we can no longer differentiate worldliness from godliness nowadays. God must help each of us catch the foxes before they destroy us. Many ministries are under false pretense as if they are representing Christ, whereas Satan is their master. With all this, many destinies have been destroyed by foxes. The Bible says,
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever. (1 John 2:15-17 KJB)
Foxes in persons: A person’s life is also a field where foxes can show up in manners of ungodly conducts which have the potential to destroy the person. Gal. 5:19-20 says, “Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions,…” Generally speaking, sins are foxes that each person needs to get rid of in order to avoid separation from God – which leads to destruction.
The way out is for the foxes to be caught, but note that there are foxes that God will catch for you and others that you need to catch by yourself. If you are not faithful, catch yourself and start to be faithful. Start to present yourself as a living sacrifice (Rom. 12:1-2). Further, the bible says,
and do not give the devil an opportunity. He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need. Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.… (Eph 4:27-29 ESV).
With God’s help, these are some foxes that you can catch and destroy from your own life. God be with you.