Morning & Evening Devotional Reading–
May 30– Morning
by C. H. Spurgeon, revised and edited by W. C. Neff
“Gather the little foxes that spoil the vines.”
—Song of Solomon 2:15
A little thorn can cause a lot of suffering. A little cloud can hide the sun. Little foxes can damage the grape vines. Little sins can destroy the tender heart. These little sins burrow into the soul and make it full of that which Christ hates. A great sin cannot destroy a Christian, but a little sin can make him miserable. Jesus refuses to walk closely with his people when they refuse to drive out known sin in their hearts. He says, “If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, even as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.”
To be sure, some Christians rarely enjoy their Savior’s presence. But how can this be? Isn’t it heart-wrenching for a child to be separated from his father? You claim to be a child of God but seem satisfied to go on without seeing your Father’s face? You are the spouse of Christ, and yet you are content without his company! Surely, you have fallen into a sad state. What has driven Christ from you? He hides his face behind the wall of your sins– and that wall may have been built up with little pebbles just as easily as with great stones.
If you want to live with Christ and walk with Christ and see Christ and have fellowship with Christ, then be careful about “the little foxes that spoil the vines,” for our vines have tender grapes. Go with Jesus and gather them now. [M&E]