Beyond the Weekend

July 1 | What He Learned

July 1, 2020


READ Proverbs 1 (listen). WRITE out one verse and SHARE with someone.

Proverbs 1 introduces the book. It tells us its theme, purpose and sets up the contrast between the wise and the fool. It anchors wisdom in the fear of the Lord. The chapter then continues with the first lesson (v. 8-19) contained in chapters 1-9, along with an interlude (v. 20-33).


A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest – and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man. Proverbs 24:33-34

Read: Proverbs 24:30-34

Listen: Proverbs 24


The author talks about how “quickly” ruin can happen after speculating about what ruined this field. He says it can feel like a being robbed by a thief or an armed man. Both evoke the feeling of suddenness. It’s possible the vineyard owner will wake up one day and notice just how bad the shape of his field. Maybe he is surprised to find it that way, and it feels like something has been stolen. Although he knows it takes time to reach this state, it is easy to forget that at the moment. Maybe the weed-filled vineyard was really just a symptom of a weed-filled life.

Sometimes we experience this same feeling even when our neglect was a significant factor in the ruin we see. We wake up one day, and all of a sudden notice there’s disconnect with our children, distance in our marriage, lost friendships, bad attitudes or collection letters piling up. We might feel like it happened all of a sudden, out of nowhere. But really, the slow and steady decline finally just caught up with us.

Fortunately, it’s never too late for us to get on a better path. The antidote to slow and steady neglect is quite simple—slow and steady progress. While there may be no quick fix, the first place to start is to get right with God and enlist his help. Then begin taking the daily steps toward slow and steady progress.


Find a quiet place to spend some time with God. In a journal or mobile device, make a list of areas where you have been on a path of slow and steady neglect. As you pray, give those areas over to God and commit to getting on a new path. Finally, ask him to come alongside you and help you to move forward. Write down any further insights from your time in prayer.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.

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