Lifelines: The fox is a sly old fellow
by By William Wright Lifestyles Editor and BETTIE MARLOWE Banner Staff Writer
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The fox is a sly, cunning hunter. When he wants to attack, for instance, a sheep, he will separate him or cut him off from the flock, so the vulnerable sheep will have no protection.

Satan is like the fox. He plans his moves. Defenses are torn down — support from brothers or sisters in Christ is broken, trust is destroyed. Hebrews 10:25 tells us, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” It’s important that Christians stand strong together in these times, especially. When children of God are bonded together in love, there is no place for the devil to enter in.

Jeremiah in his complaint in Lamentations 5:17-19 said, “Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it.” The fifth chapter of Lamentations is a confession and a prayer. And because of the people’s sins, he said Zion is desolate — so desolate the foxes have free roaming privileges — there is no longer any protection.

Satan is out to thwart the program of God. To do that he has to weaken the Christian — as a group and as the individual. What does the fox do? Isolate the individual.

Several years ago, a Christian teacher told about a student in her classroom. This was a student who also attended the same church she did and seemingly expected special treatment. When the student received a bad grade, she complained to her mother, who defended her daughter at the expense of the teacher. She destroyed her daughter’s confidence in the teacher.

When, weeks later, the mother felt her daughter needed counseling, she went to the teacher, asking if she would talk to the girl.

“I can’t,” the teacher replied sorrowfully. “You killed my influence with her and now she doesn’t have confidence or trust in me.”

What happened? Satan did his homework and separated the girl from the very one who could have helped her.

We need each other. Just as the writer of Hebrews said, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together (notice the writer put himself in the admonition) ... but exhorting one another ...”

An incident happened recently to a couple of friends that revealed Satan’s wiles. One person was deeply cut by a chance remark of the other person. Not to be trapped, the injured party prayed that God would help him to forgive and not let the hurt separate them. The purpose of the incident came clear when the injured one turned out to be the one who could help the other person in a bad situation. What if those two had been at odds with one another? There would have been no fellowship, no love and perhaps, both would have fallen.

It’s important that we do not allow anything to “give place to Satan” in our relationships. As much as we would like to believe otherwise, none of us have “tough skins,” but we can allow the love of God to reign in our lives. And that means, little or big, we will stand together in Christ that Satan will be defeated.

Song of Solomon 2:15 says, “Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: The answer to last week’s riddle was the whale that swallowed Jonah.