Beyond the Weekend

May 11 | Two Tables

May 11, 2020


READ Proverbs 11 (listen). WRITE out one verse and SHARE with someone.

Proverbs 11 is part of the proverbs of Solomon (Proverbs 10-22). These proverbs are typically two contrasting lines, giving instruction on how to live out wisdom in all of life. Proverbs 11 includes themes geared toward community, poverty, righteousness and wickedness.


Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred. Proverbs 15:17

Read: Proverbs 15:17

Listen: Proverbs 15


Proverbs often shares wisdom through couplets­­­—two lines stating the same truth but in contrast. This week, we will sit down at two tables that reveal two types of meals and two ways to live.

The evening meal was a highlight of the day during ancient times. Communities lingered over a meal, enjoying the fruits of their labor. With no evening activities to rush off to, dinner was the main event. One may have thought the more lavish the meal, the more enjoyable it was. King Solomon, the author of Proverbs, knew great wealth. He likely had memories of lavish feasts with beautiful spreads. But what if those tables were surrounded by tension and arguments? Solomon knew what’s for dinner should include God-honoring, loving relationships around the table.

We gather in different ways in our culture, but the effects are the same. Whether a meal with our family, a video call with friends or a conversation at the store, each interaction can bring healing or cause harm. A choppy video connection with healthy friendship is better than a clear connection and conflict. A harmonious family meal of beans and rice is better than a hearty steak dinner rife with harmful conversation.

Through God’s power, we can bring a healthy atmosphere and godly focus to our relationships and homes. As we read in The Wisdom Challenge today, “Those who trust in their riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf. Whoever brings ruin on their family will inherit only wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise” (Proverbs 11:28-29). As we choose the way of the wise, we impact all around us.


As we continue The Wisdom Challenge, look for truths this week that will encourage you to create a healthy environment in your relationships. If you haven’t started The Wisdom Challenge, it’s not too late to begin. If you’ve fallen behind, begin again today.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.

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