Song of Solomon 2:15
Catch us the foxes, The little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes.
I never understood this verse until now. I was reading a book and Charles Spurgeon was quoted saying that we need to be careful of little foxes in the vineyard. The book itself, for me, Sin No More by Michael L. Brown, started out as a rehashing of things I know but, it got me thinking.
“Sin is bad in the eye, worse in the tongue, worse still in the heart but worst of all in the life.” Thomas Brooks
I have a special place in my heart for foxes for whatever reason. My old house had a fox who frequented my yard. I would catch sight of the mother, at about 6:45 in the morning after a rain. Other times I would see her on the edge of the woods just sitting there at night, when we turned on the light to let the dog out. She was not a small fox either. However, I will never forget the first time I heard that screech she made during mating season. It scared me to death, in the middle of the night, and she was right outside my bedroom window. How could something so beautiful emanate that sound, over time she always get closer to the house, always watching. However, I loved looking out for her. We had a bird feeder and the entire food chain was present: birds, squirrels, chipmunks, mice, hawks, possums, snakes and occasionally a coyote, but she watched and then there were the neighborhood emails asking if anyone had seen their cat. Why yes we had seen them but no more….. Continue reading
2 Chronicles 26 and Isaiah 1:2
Last week while I was traveling I was reading “It is Finished” by David Wilkerson. Chapter 8, Christ- Our High Priest of the New Covenant gave me a bit of revelation I wasn’t expecting. He discussed King Uzziah and I was immediately struck how this story can be applied to myself, if I am not careful. As I went into 2 Chronicles 26 to gain further insight, the path grew wider, leading me to Isaiah 1:2.
2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth! For the Lord has spoken: I have nourished and brought up sons and have made them great and exalted, but they have rebelled against Me and broken away from Me.
Now King Uzziah, was a great King, The Lord blessed him in every area of his life. “He did right in the Lord’s eye’s.”….. “He set himself to seek God..” “As long as he sought (inquired of yearned for) the Lord, God made him prosper.”
He was a good King, but that was not his legacy. Continue reading
Did you know that when I see someone with a booger hanging out I very kindly go up to that person and “Hey, you might need a tissue.” or “Dude you have a hanger.” In past I would have not said a word and let that person continue on, and think how funny that was that everyone would see what that one person did not see. I am sure we all know what I am talking about.
I recently heard a sermon about anguish and as I thought back on my life without realizing it, some of my greatest breakthroughs with my relationship with Christ and my walk with Him, was when I was on my knees crying out to Him a complete mess. I wasn’t at a revival or being entertained by an engaging pastor who made me feel good as I yelled back , “Preach it Brother.” I was in my pain calling out to my Savior, knowing who I was and knowing who I wasn’t. In the Bible we can read two sentences that may span 3 or 20 years, and if I am no different than any other Bible hero, I can safely say that each of them had their moments of anguish as they drew nearer to God. What I’m reflecting about today is what happens between the lines. Continue reading
It was a beautiful morning in the northern suburbs of Atlanta. The sun was behind me just coming over the horizon as I drove through a subdivision to bypass traffic. The flowers were reaching to the sun as it approached them beyond the shade of the trees. I was praying as I usually did and it was not a normal day though its appearance would deceive you. Continue reading