|Solomon's Wise Judgment - Artist unknown|
TO CHEW ON: "When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given they held the king in awe because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice." 1 Kings 3:28
In his dream, God answered Solomon's prayer for wisdom with yes. However, Solomon probably woke up the next morning feeling no wiser. Most likely he went about his life with everything appearing the same as ever. However, something had happened that night. It became apparent when two mothers fighting over the same child came before him for his judgment on who should get the baby.
What a ticklish scene: two mothers, two babies, one dead, one alive, two different stories of who the child belonged to. All this with no objective witnesses and way before people discovered DNA. How could Solomon decide?
His verdict, gruesome as it was (to cut the live child in half so that each mother could have an equal part of it) tapped into the wisdom of the human heart and exposed the true mother because of her love. The true mother didn't want to the child to die, even if she didn't get to raise it.
God still gives wisdom.
- He invites us to ask for it - James 1:5.
- He gives it right on time - Matthew 10:19; Luke 12:11,12.
- God's wisdom is wholesome, beneficial, and shows up in our conduct, works, and attitude - James 3:13-17.
PRAYER: Dear God, please download Your divine, peaceable, other-preferring wisdom to me for every situation. Help me to differentiate between Your wisdom and the world's wisdom. Amen.
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