Beyond the Weekend

April 24 | Time

April 24, 2020


READ Proverbs 24 (listen). WRITE out one verse and SHARE with someone.

Proverbs 24 is part of the sayings of the wise (Proverbs 22-24). These sayings of the wise are instructive covering justice, right living and warnings. The end of the chapter twice directly addresses justice in the court, followed by a lesson regarding the home in verses 23-34.­


Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.  Proverbs 6:6-8

Read: Proverbs 6:6-8

Listen: Proverbs 6


A person who wasted their days and didn’t plow, prepare the soil and plant would not have food for the table. In today’s reading for The Wisdom Challenge, we read how the sluggard’s vineyard was covered in thorns, weeds and had fallen into ruin. The author warned that “a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest” can bring poverty and scarcity (Proverbs 24:30-34).

We too can fall into habits that waste our days away. We take a few minutes to check in on social media, and it turns into hours of mindless scrolling. We decide just to watch one TV show, but then binge a whole series. We sit to play video games for an hour, but the entire afternoon flies by. Our daily habits can build us up into people who are refreshed and ready to serve God, or can bury us in meaningless activities.

Like the ant who had no one to manage its work, we too should be wise and careful as we manage our daily work or lack of it, especially when no one is standing over our shoulder. We have the potential to waste these weeks, or we can work at things that will build a harvest of good things in the future with God’s help.


Ask God to show you where you’ve been wasting time and commit to replacing that activity with something that will help you grow closer to him. Re-commit to The Wisdom Challenge and keep up with it over the weekend. If you’ve already missed a day or more, pick right back up and begin again.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.

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