This Red Fox decided to pay our yard a visit! He is not the first. In fact, once we had a mother and her five kits having a play date outside our living room window! As our house backs up to a hill with vineyards and forest, we are one of their first stops on their trip down!
I was relieved to learn that a fox and cat will ignore one another. But if they do decide to fight, the fox will come off worse! Even so, when I see these visitors, my immediate reaction is to check on our cat. The fox has been called a “creature of opportunity,” eating virtually everything they come across. They have even been called, “nature’s garbage collectors.”
Learning these facts helped me understand today’s verse. It is a warning against false prophets who speak out of their own hearts (verse 2). They are opportunists who follow their own spirits and do not speak God’s truth. The false prophets are like foxes who forage for their own appetites. To please their hearers, they tell the people that everything is fine. There will always be crowds of people who are looking to have their ears tickled (II Tim. 4:3).
The Lord wants me to test the spirits to see whether they speak for Him (I John 4:1). Those foxes still forage around today. The only way I know to test what is said is to know and understand God’s written Word. I can discern error by knowing the Truth. Lord, may I be disciplined in studying Your Word! Keep me from listening to the wrong voices.