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I Kings 3:6-28 ERV; One day two prostitutes came to Solomon and stood before the king.  One of the women said, “Sir, this woman and I live in the same house. We were both pregnant and ready to give birth to our babies. I had my baby while she was there with me.  Three days later she also gave birth to her baby. There was no one else in the house with us, just the two of us.  One night while this woman was asleep with her baby, the baby died.  That night while I was asleep, she took my son from my bed and carried him to her bed. Then she put the dead baby in my bed.  In the morning I woke up and was about to feed the baby when I saw he was dead. When I looked at him more closely, I saw that he was not my baby.”

But the other woman said, “No! The dead baby is yours, and the one still alive is mine!”

But the first woman said, “No, you are wrong! The dead baby is yours! The one that is still alive is mine.” So the two women argued in front of the king.

Then King Solomon said, “Each of you says that the living baby is your own and that the dead baby belongs to the other woman.”  Then King Solomon sent his servant to get a sword.  He told the servant, “Cut the living baby in two and give one half of the baby to each woman.”

The second woman said, “Yes, cut him in two. Then neither of us will have him.” But the first woman, the real mother, loved her son and said to the king, “Please, sir, don’t kill the baby! Give him to her.”

Then King Solomon said, “Stop, don’t kill the baby. Give him to this woman. She is the real mother.”

The people of Israel respected the king when they heard about this decision. They saw he had the wisdom of God to make the right decisions.

There are so many times in life when we’re just not sure what to do, but we are instructed that if we lack wisdom, we’ve only to ask the Father and He will give liberally to all who ask. So why don’t we ask? Is it because we forget or simply because we don’t feel we deserve it? I don’t know about you, but I’ve been alive long enough to know that I’m just not that smart! All the education in the world can’t compare with the wisdom of God and I need that.

King Solomon was Davids son and chosen king, but he knew that all the riches in the world couldn’t buy him the thing he needed most; wisdom to rule and make wise decisions. The bible says that it pleased the Lord when Solomon asked for wisdom, so wouldn’t it please the Lord when we ask for wisdom? Yes, yes it would.

Ephesians 6:17 says; “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Funny that Solomon asked for a sword, isn’t it. Without the Word of God, we’re merely men and women of this earth, relying on our own wisdom and knowledge, but when we take up the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, we become a wise warrior, mighty in battle for pulling down strongholds.

Father, I ask for wisdom because I need it. I need it in my financial decisions, my job, my home, my children, when I teach others or sit at Your feet to hear Your voice. I want to discern right from wrong, to live free in the truth of Your Word. You alone know what lies ahead for me and what I will need for tomorrow, so I ask that You would lead and guide me into all truth.  I constantly depend on You to show me the way so I can walk on the correct path. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen

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