The wheels of a train are designed to groove into the train track. Our hearts are designed to groove into God’s word. I have discovered, with these injuries to my brain, that it takes a little time to learn something new. The new patterns need time to groove in.
How do we first get derailed? Keith Green wrote a song and a book entitled, “No Compromise.” I like to put an exclamation point after those two words when I think about them. Compromise creates gaps, which the enemy specifically widens, through strategic temptations designed to entice and entangle us.
Song of Solomon 2:15 says, “Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes.” The little foxes are seemingly insignificant compromises. The Holy Spirit will check us, but if we ignore Him, we will become derailed.
The little foxes get inside a vineyard through a gap. At my former house I had chickens. Little did we know that there was a gap being formed. The chickens would go near the fenceline and bathe in the dirt. They made indents. A fox then was able to dig through from the outside, using the indent to gain entrance.
One morning several were missing and many dead. The chickens unknowingly set themselves up. That is exactly what happens when we compromise. Proverbs 2:9 says that discretion will preserve us.
Proverbs 7:21-23 was about the young man who was enticed by the harlot. Verse 22-23 says, “Immediately he went after her…he did not know it would cost his life.” Beware of the little foxes of compromise.