The Little Foxes

Charles Spurgeon

Yesterday, my attempt to stay in God’s presence failed miserably. I walked into work, determined to accept every interruption (and there are many) as “reminders from God” to be thinking of Him. By 9:00 AM, I was frustrated, impatient and un-Christ-like. Actually, I didn’t even notice when the negativity and stress began “sticking to my mind” (see Flypaper and 1 Thess 5:17).

This morning, the very first devotional I read by Charles Spurgeon, synchronistically gave me The Answer. Apparently, being filled with the Holy Spirit has less to do with the blackness of my external environment changing me (like some mysterious osmosis) and more to do with sin already residing within me.

Lord, does this mean I have to really search for the idols that I put before You? I can already name a few: gluttony, pride, sloth and envy. Lord, this battle to become like You demands everything I have, no less. Can I do it? I know can’t do it without You. Please help me. Thank You for teaching, guiding and leading me along the path where You want me to go.

CHARLES SPURGEON DEVOTIONAL MAY 29, THE LITTLE FOXES: A little thorn may cause much suffering. A little cloud may hide the sun. Little foxes spoil the vines; and little sins do mischief to the tender heart. These little sins burrow in the soul, and make it so full of that which is hateful to Christ, that he will hold no comfortable fellowship and communion with us. A great sin cannot destroy a Christian, but a little sin can make him miserable. Jesus will not walk with his people unless they drive out every known sin. He says, “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love, even as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.” Some Christians very seldom enjoy their Saviour’s presence. How is this? Surely it must be an affliction for a tender child to be separated from his father. Art thou a child of God, and yet satisfied to go on without seeing thy Father’s face? What! thou the spouse of Christ, and yet content without his company! Surely, thou hast fallen into a sad state, for the chaste spouse of Christ mourns like a dove without her mate, when he has left her. Ask, then, the question, what has driven Christ from thee? He hides his face behind the wall of thy sins. That wall may be built up of little pebbles, as easily as of great stones. The sea is made of drops; the rocks are made of grains: and the sea which divides thee from Christ may be filled with the drops of thy little sins; and the rock which has well nigh wrecked thy barque, may have been made by the daily working of the coral insects of thy little sins. If thou wouldst live with Christ, and walk with Christ, and see Christ, and have fellowship with Christ, take heed of “the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes.” Jesus invites you to go with him and take them. He will surely, like Samson, take the foxes at once and easily. Go with him to the hunting.

 

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~ by Andrea T on May 30, 2008.

One Response to “The Little Foxes”

  1. I have trouble keeping my mind on God too when I’m around other people. It’s so much easier when I’m alone! After reading your post, I was reminded of what Brother Lawrence said about this: “If sometimes he [referring to himself] becomes a little distracted from the divine presence, God gently recalls Himself by a stirring in his soul. This often happens when he is most engaged in his outward chores and tasks…He answers…either by an elevation of his heart to God, or by a meek and fond regard for Him…For instance, he may say, ‘My God, here I am all devoted to You,’ or ‘Lord, make me according to Your heart.’ It seems to him (in fact, he feels it) that this God of love, satisfied with such few words, reposes again and rests in the depth and center of his soul.” (Practice of the Presence of God, Fourth Letter) This made me feel better. I don’t have to feel guilty, just respond to when God reminds me to think of Him.

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