Destruction starts small and happens slowly. The point is that the slothful man’s problem in Proverbs 24 could have been corrected a long time ago if he had wanted it to be. We need to learn to be honest with ourselves. We need to learn to act when we first notice a change, when we first notice that indicator of trouble, and when our hearts seem to be deceptive.
The fear of going without can drive any man to doubt God’s purpose for his life, but we must remember that God’s greatest resource is...nothing. When we have come to the end of ourselves, we have opened the door for God to do His greatest work. Running on empty is not always pleasant or fun, but it is necessary to live a life of biblical manhood.