Danger in the Small Things

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

Reports indicate that the wound on the Canadian cruise ship Explorer that sank Friday off Antarctica was in the beginning a mere fist-size hole. But 20 hours after the pre-dawn accident near  the South Shetland Islands, the sleek ship slipped beneath the water and disappeared. Fortunately all 154 passengers and crews took to lifeboats and were plucked to safety by a passing cruise ship.

Such a lesson in the Spirit is here, for indeed there is great danger in what begins as small matters. Small infractions, a little disobedience, a slight straying from God’s laws,  a morsel of sin, a mere look toward Sodom; married eyes that linger too long on the face of another, an edgy story told, a business deal slightly shaded, a tale not quite true, innuendo; words taken out of context to prove one’s point, a promise disdained, nose thumbed at the IRS; poor choosing of friends, the reading of filthy literature, the listening and seeing of base programming. Small things, deadly things.

Paul addresses the subject in I Corinthians 5:6.

“Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?”

Let us not be deceived by the small size of sin, let us not be fooled by its apparent innocence, or by its feel of sweet harmlessness. For sin taken into our bosom  will sprout and seethe and multiply, until at last we are overcome, and we may quite sink beneath sin’s sure and heavy strength.


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About Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 78 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She has been married to Jerry for 60 years. They have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)
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6 Responses to Danger in the Small Things

  1. helenl says:

    Much here to ponder. Much truth.

  2. writeathome says:

    This is something of which every Christian needs to be watchful, and we must be diligent in guarding our spirits from falling prey to the seemingly little things. Thank you for this reminder.

  3. Shirley says:

    Good evening, HELEN and CAROL–

    Thank God that even though sin is insidious and dangerous, “GREATER is He that is within us than he that is in the world.”

    Thank you for reading and commenting here.

  4. Catherine says:

    Thank you for this post. I want my heart to be clean and my spirit to be right. Sin is so sneaky.

  5. cbgrace says:

    Who can understand his errors?
    Cleanse me from secret faults.
    Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins;
    Let them not have dominion over me.
    Then I shall be blameless,
    And I shall be innocent of great transgression.
    Psalm 19:12-13

    The good news is…

    Psalm 34:18
    The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart,And saves such as have a contrite spirit.

    (to have a contrite spirit is to be broken before the Lord, repentant).

    1 John 1:9
    If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

    God’s grace is available to all who ask…

  6. Shirley says:


    Yes, every day I have to repent, to be contrite, and to rejoice that God is full of mercy. None of us would be saved except for His tender love and grace. I rest in that.

    Thank you both for being here.

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