Song of Songs 2:15 (KJV) “Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.”
We tend to classify everything in our lives as “little things” or “big things” – and we often consider the big things to be more important than the little things. Yet it is usually the “little things”, the seemingly unimportant things, that often have the greatest impact on our lives.
A little fruit caused mankind to fall under the weight of sin, cast from the Garden of Eden.
A little mis-step in a field full of clover can cause a barefooted child to step on a bee.
When walking in the woods near marshy land, a little one inch fang from a poisonous snake could kill you.
A tiny bite from the little “Brown Recluse” spider will leave a wound that may last a lifetime.
In some countries the “sun fly” can infect a human with an ulcer that will eat a hole in your body.
A small, unseen germ can turn a delicious apple pie into a curse you will re-live for days.
Can any of you who have ever been sick with influenza say that little things, sometimes hidden things, do not matter?
I was in my study a few years ago while outside a terrible storm raged. Suddenly I felt the air move within the house, and it felt as if a giant hand smacked the roof. I looked out the window and saw that a large scaly bark chestnut tree had snapped off at its base. As it fell it took with it the power lines – and now all was dark in the house. What caused the tree to fall? Was it the great wind blowing on the tree? Well, yes, the wind contributed to its fall. But what ultimately caused this giant of a tree to hit the ground was a small hole – only about as big around as a man’s hand – where disease had entered the tree. Little bugs, hungry for the wood of the tree, gnawed into its heart. Entering that beautiful old tree these tiny parasites caused the heart of that tree to weaken. When a great wind hit the tree it was just too much. Down it crashed leaving this life with a bang. Little foxes spoil the vines. Little parasites kill big trees.
Just as that tree was destroyed by little bugs, people can be destroyed by little sins. The quick intimate indiscretion between two strangers may take only a moment, but that quick sexual contact introduces hardening in the conscience and perhaps disease in the body. The person who, believing no one to be watching, shoplifts a small thing may spend several years regretting his decision behind the bars of prison. How many people have died premature deaths by poisoning their bodies with drugs and alcohol? How many innocents have died under the wheels of a drunk driver? How many children have died because a heart is too little to raise it? One extra mouthful of food may increase you weight, your blood pressure, and lead to heart disease and stroke. Little hatreds can escalate into big road rage, causing drivers to make bad decisions that may lead to jail or death. Little habits that you display before your children may lead them to develop cancer or alcoholism early in life. A little decision to reject Jesus Christ and His offer of abundant life will keep you from the happiness God has reserved for you – and will keep you out of His Heaven (John 14:6).
Satan discovered long ago that it is not the big things that destroy our lives, but the little things. A little fruit in a Garden long ago caused us all to fall away from God. The only way we could ever be brought back into union with the Creator was for Him to leave the splendor of Heaven and come to earth to die for you and for me. Three little nails purchased all who believe in Him eternal life – and a better life now – if we only trust Him. Don’t let a little thing keep you out of glory. Trust and obey, there’s no other way, to happy in Jesus – just trust and obey!
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