“Wisdom is of utmost importance, therefore get wisdom, and with all your effort work to acquire understanding,” (Proverbs 4:7 ISV)
King Solomon is considered the wisest man who ever lived. Early in his reign over Israel, he asked God for wisdom to govern the people (1 Kings 3:7-9). Pleased with Solomon’s request, God gave him wisdom and understanding beyond measure. A short time later two harlots came to the king to settle a dispute (1 Kings 3:16-28). Both women had infant sons, and they lived in the same house; while they were sleeping, one of the mothers rolled over on her baby and smothered him. She got up during the night, took the other woman’s son from her side, and replaced him with her son. When the other woman woke up to nurse her baby, she discovered he was dead, but when she examined him in the morning light, she knew he was not her son. There were no witnesses to the incident (1 Kings 3:18). Solomon listened to the women as they argued back and forth, both claiming to be the mother of the living child. The king called for a sword, and it was brought to him.
“He then gave an order: ‘Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other.’ The woman whose son was alive was deeply moved out of love for her son and said to the king, ‘Please, my lord, give her the living baby! Don't kill him!’ But the other said, ‘Neither I nor you shall have him. Cut him in two!’" (1 King 3:25 -26 NIV)
Solomon ruled that the woman who wanted the baby to live was the birth mother, and he awarded her the child. When the people of Israel heard about the king’s wise judgment, they held him in awe; they realized that God had gifted him with wisdom to judge fairly.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the story of King Solomon and his wise ruling. The story has shown me that wisdom is priceless, and it has to be sought and embraced. Make me wise; guide me to make the right decisions in life. Give me an understanding heart and the ability to discern truth from error. In Jesus’ name. Amen.