A King’s Wisdom & A Mother’s Love

babyhandO Lord, do good to those who are good, whose hearts are in tune with you. {Psalm 125:4}

Sitting down at my breakfast table to enjoy a tasty juice that I had just blended and had my daily Bible in hand and was ready to dive in to get a fresh word for the day. I began reading about King Solomon and was intrigued with his wealth of wisdom that he had been given.  Something shook me to the core that I had not paid much attention to before. As I continued to read, it brought me to tears and I have not been able to shake it since. I keep trying to shift gears and want to write about a much brighter topic, but the Holy Spirit keeps drawing me back to this particular story and I can not escape it. Even now as I sit down to type, I asked for confirmation in proceeding, and asked for a scripture to show me this is His heart and desire for this post. Immediately my eyes were drawn to a scripture right above my June 8th daily devotion Bible on the page before me that said… “Whose hearts are in tune with you… “ {Psalm 125:4}. I then heard a whisper your heart is in tune with mine, and lets begin writing this story together. I am with you and this is my heart.

I began reading in 1 Kings 3. My imagination began to wander and some of that is reflected here. It begins by showing how much Solomon loved the Lord. He was, after all, King David’s son.  King David is known as a man after God’s own heart. King David left an amazing legacy for his son and taught him many wonderful and beautiful attributes as well as characteristics of God. Solomon held these so close to his heart. We have an in-depth look inside King David’s personal journal and are able to embrace the words that he penned as he praises and cries out to God.  All of these special songs are recorded in the Psalms. I can just imagine them, father and son, sitting together beside a tree as the words begin to flow.  Solomon may have even held the instruments, the writing utensils and more as a young boy. He enjoyed hearing the many songs that his father was composing and writing.  I imagine him saying oooh, I like that one daddy. That song really makes my heart happy. Sing it again daddy. Sing it again. Years later Solomon grows up and becomes King just like his father before him.

Lets enter into the depth of this story together found in 1 Kings 3.

That night the Lord appeared to King Solomon in a dream and God said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!” Solomon replied, “You showed faithful love to your servant my father, David, because he was honest and true and faithful to you. And you have continued your faithful love to him today by giving him a son to sit on his throne. Now, O Lord my God, you have made me King instead of my father, David, but I am like a little child who doesn’t know his way around. And here I am in the midst of your own chosen people, a nation so great and numerous they cannot be counted. Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?” The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for wisdom. So God replied, “Because you have asked for wisdom in governing my people with justice and have not asked for a long life or wealth… I will give you what you have asked for. I will give you a wise and understanding heart such as no one else has had or ever will have! And I will also give you what you did not ask for- riches and fame! No other king in all the world will be compared to you for the rest of your life! Then Solomon woke up and realized it had been a dream. Then he invited all his officials to a great banquet.

This is where the story gets intriguing and drew me in as never before. I have read this many times, but it was not until that morning that it made a lasting impression upon my heart. I find it interesting that after King Solomon was given wisdom from above and God uses the following story to be his introduction of his wealth of wisdom to be shown to the peoples. It could have been so many different scenarios, but God chose a woman and a baby to be portrayed. A mothers love. I have chills right now as those words were just typed. I am in awe of the love that God instills in mothers. How mothers will do anything to protect, cover, defend and love her baby beyond anything else. Alright, so lets get back to the compelling story in 1 Kings 3.

It is a little harsh as I said, which is particularly why I was so hesitant in sharing it this week. But my gut will not allow me to just let it go and not share. So here it goes.

Some time later two prostitutes came to the king to have an argument settled. “Please, my lord,” one of them began, “this woman and I live in the same house. I gave birth to a baby while she with me in the house. Three days later this woman also had a baby. We were alone; there were only two of us in the house. But her baby died during the night when she rolled over on it. Then she got up in the night and took my son from beside me while I was asleep. She laid her dead child in my arms and took mine to sleep with her. And in the morning when I tried to nurse my son, he was dead! But when I looked more closely in the morning light, I saw that it wasn’t my son after all.”

Then the other woman interrupted, “It certainly was your son, and the living child is mine.” “No,” the first woman said, “the living child is mine, and the dead one is yours.” And so they argued back and forth before the king. Then the king said, “Let’s get the facts straight. Both of you claim the living child is yours, and each says that the dead one belongs to the other. All right, bring me a sword.” So a sword was brought to the king. Then he said, “Cut the living child in two, and give half to one woman and half to the other!” 

Let’s just pause right there for a moment. I can not even imagine hearing those words! Let’s just cut the child in two. I could not even bear the thought!

Then the woman who was the real mother of the living child, and who LOVED him very much, cried out, “Oh no, my lord! Give her the child- please do not kill him!” But the other woman said, “All right, he will be neither yours nor mine; divide him between us!” Then the king said “Do not kill the child, but give him to the woman who wants him to live, for she is his mother!”

When all Israel heard the kings decision, the people were in awe of the king, for they saw the wisdom God had given him for rendering JUSTICE. {1 Kings 3:3-28}

Can you imagine the crowd of people around listening as the king gave his decision. They must have looked around at each other in astonishment. I can only imagine the joy that the real mother had when her baby was placed back into her loving arms. She knew her baby and her love for him was strong.

The real mother of the baby was fully willing to give up her baby so that he could live. She did not want to see him hurt in any way. She loved him deeply. She would do anything to save her baby.

As mothers we are given this monumental role to love, protect and defend our babies. We will do whatever is necessary for the care and safety of our children.

The bond between a mother and her baby begins at conception and continues to grow deeper and stronger each and every day. From the moment that you are aware of your pregnancy and life within your womb, you begin to make decisions and choices that are in the best interest of your child. You are no longer looking out for just yourself. There is a precious life inside of you that you have chosen to carry and bring into this world. You were chosen, of all the other mothers in the world, to be the mother of this child. That is pretty special! You have been given such an honor. A remarkable role that you are able to play. You are able to give guidance, wisdom, and most of all LOVE to your baby. A mothers love.

God sends His wisdom in the maternal instincts that are naturally given. At times you will wonder what to do in this circumstance or what about when this arises? Just look to God to show you exactly what to do. He will never steer you wrong. He will lead you one step at a time. All you have to do is ask Him for wisdom in each day.

I feel this so strongly on my heart…

For those precious mothers that are pondering the thought right now… What choice do I make right now? I just found out I am pregnant. I am confused. I am so unsure of what to do. So many questions arising.

Please know that we are here for you. We can pray for you and give you the encouragement you need. YOU can do this! YOU can choose LIFE! Just reach out to us and we can get you the help that you need. We pray that you choose life. 

You can post a comment or send us an email. We would love to pray with you and rejoice in the life that you are choosing to carry.

God I pray for your wisdom and your words to pour out upon every reader that is reading this now. May you touch their life and bring comfort and peace to them. May you lead them one step at a time. Thank you for a mothers love and thank you for the gift that they are to you. You are so blessed by them being life-givers. May you send your blessings and favor upon them and may they always look to you. You are their King and you defend the mother and baby and see that justice, grace and mercy is given. I love you God. Thank you so much for your wisdom!

Written by Salina Duffy 

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