A sign on a hiking trail once read – “A mountain will not hinder your progress nearly as much as a grain of sand in your shoe.” Anyone who has ever had something in their shoe knows how annoying it can be. The same can be said of a small splinter in our hand or even an eyelash in our eye. Often, it’s not the big obstacles that give us the most trouble. It’s something as simple as a grain of sand.
There is a line from the Song of Solomon that is often quoted, “It’s the little foxes that spoil the vine…” Little foxes are dangerous because they slip in undetected and nibble away while no one is watching. Yes dear friend, it’s the little foxes that spoil the vine and grains of sand that keep us from advancing.
Because life is full of little foxes and grains of sand, we must always be on guard against them.
How can we defeat the little things that often hinder us?
1) Pray with every area of our life open before God. (Philippians 4:6)
2) Confess sins as soon as they occur and receive God’s forgiveness. (1 John 1:5-10)
3) Share areas of weaknesses with trusted spiritual brothers and seek their prayer support. (James 5:16)
4) Reinforce truth in our lives through the constant study of scripture. (2 Peter 1:5-9)
5) Always be growing as a believer
“In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone. The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.” (2 Peter 1:5-9 NLT)
God bless you as you strive to keep the sand out of your shoe this day.