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]
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."