DCLM Daily Manna 12 November 2021 Devotional by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi — Lay It Aside!
TOPIC: Lay It Aside! (DCLM Daily Manna 12 November 2021)
TEXT: Song Of Solomon 2:10-17
10 My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.
11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;
13 The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.
14 O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.
15 Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.
16 My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies.
17 Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, turn, my beloved, and be thou like a roe or a young hart upon the mountains of Bether.
KEY VERSE: “Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.” – (Song of Solomon 2:15)
Corrie Ten Boom and her family resisted the Nazis by hiding Jews in their home. They were eventually discovered and sent to a concentration camp. But after surviving the horrors of the camp through her faith in God, she encountered one of the most cruel Nazi guards at her meeting in Munich in 1947 where she had been speaking about forgiveness. Her heart froze within when she recognised the man who had tortured her sister to death. Though it was very difficult, Corrie forgave the guard who later became a Christian.
The story that runs through the Song of Solomon is that of love; the love of Christ for His beloved bride, the Church. In the verses under consideration, an atmosphere of peace and tranquility is painted. The environment is friendly and conducive. Solomon then warns against allowing little foxes into the vineyard as they could alter the rhythm and put an end to the love and peace that prevailed in the relationship and bring bitterness after the sweetness.
The home is supposed to be a place of love, peace, harmony and trust among the husband, wife and children. Many times, what changes the rhythm might just be a little issue, so minute like the little fox that enters into the once peaceful and joyful environment and alters everything. As husbands and wives, we must not make mountains out of mole hills. We should take the little foxes of suspicion, lack of trust, keeping a register of offences away before it deals an irreparable blow to the relationship we have laboured to build over the years.
We must not forget that little matters left unresolved grow into insurmountable mountains of division if we do not resolve and talk them over immediately. We must forgive all offences and let go of bitterness so the bliss can continue.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Little foxes destroy fellowship.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Ezekiel 3-5
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.