1 Kings 3:27-28 (KJV) Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child, and in no wise slay it: she is the mother thereof. 28 And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment.
With each passing generation, the wonder of the human mind seems to grow increasingly. The vast achievements and accomplishments in every sector of society are nothing less than mind-blowing. How are we, as Believers, supposed to maintain a posture of relevance when our resource for everyday insights is well over 2,000 years old?
Understanding The Text
In this text, there are two women who bring an important issue before the king for assistance in finding resolution (1 Kgs. 3:16). As the two women present their sides of the story, the king’s court (as well as first-time readers) are left to wonder how can anyone resolve so great a problem when considering the cultural context. After hearing and recounting both versions of the situation, the king has heard enough and says, “Bring me a sword” (v. 24). To everyone present (including the first time reader), there must have been confusion and an atmosphere of fear because no one knew what the king had in mind. Then, the king says the unthinkable, “Divide the living child in two and give half to the one, and a half to the other” (v. 25).
Can you begin to imagine the instant, overwhelming pain that stirred within the true mother as she hears the King’s verdict? She had come to him for justice. How can the taking of her son’s life be perceived to be a just act? Immediately, she cried out to the king and begged him to give her son to the other woman (v. 26). At that moment, it became apparent to everyone present whose child it really was. The king commanded that the child be returned to its mother. The following verse leaps out at the reading audience, “And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment…” (v. 28).
Reflecting upon this statement brings us back to the dream Solomon had a few verses earlier in Gibeon (1 Kgs. 3:5-15). God offered to give Solomon anything he desired, and the one thing Solomon desired was “an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad…” (v. 9). The following verse says, “And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing” (v.10). If we remember, God granted Solomon the desire of his heart that day and it is manifested in the narrative of the two women that followed (1 Kgs. 3:16-28).
Making informed decisions requires us to ask our Heavenly Father for His wisdom and counsel at the beginning of each day.
Why Is This Important To Us?
This is important to us because we face very difficult decisions on a daily basis, not only as humans but more importantly as Believers. So many conflicting voices surround us each day, making it difficult to determine to which we should listen. Friends and loved ones may have good intentions; however, their counsel can sometimes be emotionally subjective. In the end, we are the ones who must deal with the consequences directly. Therefore, we must place ourselves in a position to be able to make informed decisions.
How can we do this? Like Solomon, we do not possess the capacity to make the right decisions based upon our own intellect and reasoning. So we must return to the One Who has entered into a covenant relationship with us and seek His guidance and counsel. The Apostle James teaches, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and not upbraiding; and it shall be given him” (Jam. 1:3). The word, upbraid, also means “to taunt, or to look down upon condescendingly”. In other words, God will be more than happy to provide us with the Godly wisdom and counsel we need to navigate through life’s many difficult decisions. This is what a good Father does. This what our Heavenly Father does.
As citizens of the Kingdom of God, we are not expected to walk through fending for ourselves. We would fail in every situation and circumstance. In our finite ability, we must lean upon the unlimited, matchless resources of our Heavenly Father. The Book of Proverbs teaches us to “incline your ear unto wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding…” (Prov. 2:2). Why? Because “…wisdom is the principal thing (the first, in place, time, order, or rank); therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding“ (Prov. 4:7). When we trust our daily paths and decisions to God’s counsel and not lean to our own understanding, He will direct our paths and every decision (Prov. 3:5-6).