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Hindering Wisdom: 12 Sources of Static


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Proverbs 18:1 (KJV): “Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.”

COMMENTARY: Wisdom is always crying out. It’s never a matter of “message sent,” but always a matter of “message received.” If you have  the Holy Spirit inside, then you have the awesome capacity to tune into wisdom like never before.

APPLICATION: Through our carnal nature, we can actually meddle with wisdom. Here are twelve sources of static from the entire chapter of Proverbs 18 that can interfere with your receptivity to wisdom:

1) Desire of fame, fortune or fantasy.

2) Selfishness.

3) Condoning evil.

4) Trying to “win” every discussion.

5) Incessant talking.

6) Laziness.

7) Trusting in your riches.

8) Excessive self-confidence.

9) Jumping to conclusions.

10) Allowing your wounds to make you insensitive or ultrasensitive.

11) Overzealousness.

12) Building walls between you and those who have offended you.

After reading this list, is it any wonder that wisdom seems to be lacking in so many workplaces today? If you want wisdom to prevail in your workplace, it begins with you. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal and remove sources of static in your heart and mind. 

Joyfully yours,


For Further Exploration

For further exploration about Proverbs 18:1 (KJV), read Proverbs and Work from the Theology of Work Bible Commentary.