Song of Songs 2:15, “Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.”
We have seen that the Beloved is wavering in her devotion to her Lover. She has hesitated to go to the mountains with him. She tells him to “turn” and go to the mountains without her (SOS 2:17).
Before her unwillingness to go with Him to the heights, the Lover is calling to His bride to tend the vineyard; to tend to those areas that are keeping her from going “all in” with Him! Why does she hesitate? Why does she waver? Why is she fearful? She knows how her Lover feels about her and yet she does not trust Him. She refuses to go with Him.
What keeps us from going “all in”? Why do we waver in obedience? Why do we lack confidence or trust in Jesus? Why are we afraid to get out of the comfort zone and run up the mountains with Jesus?
He says the same thing to us as was spoken to the Bride: “Catch for us the little foxes that ruin the vineyard…” This is our responsibility. The Lord does His part and we must do our part. He sees the areas in our lives that need to be addressed; those issues that keep us from living deep in the Spirit.
When the writer speaks of the vineyard in full bloom, it means that there is tender fruit that is not fully developed. We need to tend to those things that could ruin our relationship with God. What are the areas that I have compromised in my relationship with God?
I want to present 8 areas of compromise that are foxes in this analogy. Take some time to read through each of the areas, inviting the Holy Spirit to convict you of anything that needs to be addressed and confessed.
Let’s go on a fox hunt: