Book Two, Lesson Ten

Book Two, Lesson Ten

Lesson X - Wisdom

Affirmation
Our Father, our God, may the light of Thy wisdom, of Thy strength, of Thy power, guide-as we would apply ourselves in Thy service for others. In His Name we seek. 262-102

[Based on Edgar Cayce readings 262-102 through 262-106]
Introduction
Wisdom is the ability to use knowledge aright. It is made practical by the application of the Christ life in our daily experiences.

This then is not a thing afar off. Not that ye would say as of old, who will bring down from heaven a message that we may know Wisdom, or who will come from over the sea that we may hear and understand; for Lo, it is in thine own heart; it is within thine own power, yea within thine own might! [See Deut. 30:11-14.] 262-104

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Not the fear of disappointment, of contention, of strife; for they are not of God. The wisdom of the Lord is exemplified for us in the life of Jesus who became the Christ; then, if we would have wisdom, we must abide in Him who is the Way. Have we been disappointed? Have our wishes, our desires failed to be fulfilled? We still are conquerors; for in Him we have strength and power and might. Let us remember "that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose."

Our Lord taught that: If thy neighbor smite thee, turn the other cheek; if one takes away thy coat, let that one have thy cloak also; if someone forces thee to go one mile, go with that person two. In such teaching there is wisdom, for we are not hindered by the act, while our neighbor is blessed by being in the presence of the Divine. Nothing except the spirit of God within us can make us love our enemies. Do we say in our heart, "Yes, but this was the teaching of the Son of God, and He had the strength that is not within me"? We have the promise of the Son, "Lo, I am with you alway," and through Him may do greater things than He did.

They that giveth a cup of water in the name of the Christ lose not their reward. It is not wisdom to give it that we may be well-spoken of, but rather that the glory of the Father may be made manifest. It is to the glory of the Father when love prompts the activity, when love prompts the desire to be a blessing to others. Then, we are co-workers with Him. This is wisdom, the wisdom that is of God.

Wisdom is first a matter of choice, of will in the light of that which is our ideal, and in the manner in which we apply it in our experience with others. The concept, the will, the application become a triune in the experience of each of us. If, however, in the application we become selfless, exalt the Prince of Peace, and seek the glory of the Father, we will find ourselves in His consciousness. This is the true approach; this is the beginning of wisdom. Knowledge of the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. The whole law is to love God with all our mind, our body, our soul-and our neighbor as ourself; that He, the Father, in the Son may be exalted.

We are commanded to use that which we have in hand and more will be given to meet our needs, whether they are mental, material, or spiritual.

The Approach to Wisdom
Ye [would not have] known sin unless the Son had come and shown thee the Way. [See John 15:22.] 262-104

He is the pattern of perfection. We, as He, in seeking to know the wisdom of the Father, are brought to an understanding through patience, long-suffering, and love of others. The knowledge of God, the wisdom of God, applied in our daily experience bring strength and harmony; even the turmoils of the earth-sorrow, shame, want, and degradation-become worthwhile experiences, if we meet them in the wisdom of God.

Where strife, turmoil, self-glory and self-exaltation are, there is no true wisdom of God. If we would have love, then we must show love; if we would have peace, we must be peaceable; if we would bring about a greater and closer association with the Divine, we must so act that there be no questioning in the minds of others as to our purpose in life. There is no shortcut to wisdom; it must be lived.

Let Us Examine Ourselves
We must become more aware that we cannot bear the crosses of life alone, and that the Father in His wisdom has given to us an example, a promise, a friend, a sharer of all our crosses; even the Son of man, who learned through experience... what it meant to bear a cross.

In wisdom, thou wilt not find fault. In wisdom, thou wilt not condemn any. In wisdom, thou wilt not cherish grudges. In wisdom thou wilt love those, even those that despitefully use thee; even those that speak unkindly. 262-105

When we claim the promises of God, many changes that we cannot understand may take place in our lives. These experiences may help us to know the Wisdom of God.

When we profess with our mouth that which we have purposed in our heart to do, that is wisdom. When the acts of the body, when the thoughts of the mind are in accord with that we proclaim to our children, our neighbors, our friends, that is wisdom.

"When I lost my home with most of my earthly possessions, a struggle went on within me. I was disappointed with myself for not being able to rise above the conditions that enveloped me. I was disappointed with my friends, who appeared so indifferent to my sufferings. My usual hopeful attitude slowly slipped from me. How I longed to be comforted! I tried to realize that this experience was for my good, and that it was God's way to teach me patience.

"It took this experience to help me understand, and realize that we learn obedience through suffering."

Then make thy paths straight. Let thy conversation, thy wishes, thy desires be rather as one with Him who thought it not robbery to be equal with God.

Ye know the way. Do ye stumble in ignorance or in selfishness? Do ye doubt for the gratifying of thy body or for the fulfilling of the body-appetites?

Ye know the way. Let, then, that love of the Infinite fire thee to action, to doing! And indeed live as hath been shown. 262-105

Our applications of these truths should be practical in our everyday life, and not merely tenets or sayings that pass away. As we live them, they become living, enduring realities. Remember, to obtain wisdom we must apply that which we know.

Application of Wisdom
In our seeking for wisdom we come to the place where our will, the facilities of our mind, the faculties of our spiritual forces, must be divinely directed, if we would go on in the correct application of knowledge.

Wisdom is divine love manifested in our conversation, in our avocation, in all our acts.

For as ye apply day by day that ye know, then is the next step, the next act, the next experience, shown thee. Because thou hast then failed here or there, do not say, "Oh, I cannot-I am weak." To be sure, thou art weak in self, but О ye of little faith! For He is thy STRENGTH! THAT is Wisdom!

Let no one then again ever say "I cannot" It's rather, if ye do, saying "I WILL not-I want MY way." This is foolishness; and ye know the Way. For He is Strength, He is Love, He is Patience, He is Knowledge, He is Wisdom.

Claim ALL of these, then, in HIM! For He is in thee, and the Father hath not desired that any soul should perish but hath prepared a way of escape, a way of love, of peace, of harmony, for every soul-if ye will but claim same, live same, in Him. 262-104

Would we have wisdom without preparation? Would we have glory without purification? Would we enjoy happiness without being able to comprehend and understand it? How may we make a practical application of wisdom? JUST GO THE WHOLE WAY WITH OUR MASTER. We should not preach that which we do not ourselves practice. We should not insist upon others trying in their experience that which we have not tried.

TRY in thine own experience, each; that ye speak not for one whole day unkindly of any; that ye say not a harsh word to any; about any; and see what a day would bring to you... 262-106

"I dreamed that I was with a great company of people. We seemed to be in the temple at Jerusalem. I was to make pictures of the people. Later Jesus and some of His followers came in, but not through the door that we had entered. He, too, came to have His picture made. He said to me, 'You can make the picture of Jesus, but can you make the picture of the Christ?'

"Then I knew that the picture of Christ could only be reflected to my fellow humans by the life I lived. And so it is with each of us; we know the Christ and introduce Him to our neighbors by the way we speak, the way we think, the way we act. To apply that which we know to be good is wisdom. To love the Lord our God with all our hearts, all our minds and all our souls and our neighbors as ourselves is wisdom, and when anything less is practiced, it brings into our experience sin and sorrow and finally death."

Then the practical application of the Christ-life in thy daily experience is Wisdom indeed.

This then is not a thing afar off. Not that ye would say as of old, who will bring down from heaven a message that we may know Wisdom, or who will come from over the sea that we may hear and understand; for Lo, it is in thine own heart; it is within thine own power, yea within thine own might!

It is the application of that thou knowest to do in light of the Pattern set in the Christ. That is applied wisdom! 262-104

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