A Wise Ruling

A Wise Ruling

1Kings 3: [16] Now two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him. [17] One of them said, “My lord, this woman and I live in the same house. I had a baby while she was there with me. [18] The third day after my child was born, this woman also had a baby. We were alone; there was no one in the house but the two of us.
[19] “During the night this woman’s son died because she lay on him. [20] So she got up in the middle of the night and took my son from my side while I your servant was asleep. She put him by her breast and put her dead son by my breast. [21] The next morning, I got up to nurse my son—and he was dead! But when I looked at him closely in the morning light, I saw that it wasn’t the son I had borne.”
[22] The other woman said, “No! The living one is my son; the dead one is yours.”
But the first one insisted, “No! The dead one is yours; the living one is mine.” And so they argued before the king.
[23] The king said, “This one says, ‘My son is alive and your son is dead,’ while that one says, ‘No! Your son is dead and mine is alive.’”
[24] Then the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So they brought a sword for the king. [25] He then gave an order: “Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other.”
[26] The woman whose son was alive was filled with compassion 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!”But the other said, “Neither I nor you shall have him. Cut him in two!”
[27] Then the king gave his ruling: “Give the living baby to the first woman. Do not kill him; she is his mother.”
[28] 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. What was the lady who lied thinking?

Her loss was softened by a replacement she did not birth.

Her lies were formed to protect her position. (Mother)

Her agreement for half a dead son was based on her happiness rather than the boys life. She would rather him be dead than someone else to be happier than her.

She represented selfishness!

2. What was the lady whose son was stolen thinking?

She was robbed of that which she loved the most.

She was willing to fight for the possession that was hers.

She was willing to allow her son to go to the home of the evil woman to give him the opportunity to live.

She represents selflessness!

3. What was King Solomon thinking with his decision?

How do you decide what is right when all sides make a good argument?

In leadership some of the hardest decisions can appear to be the cruelest ones.

Courage is needed to trust that truth and righteousness will prevail in the darkest of moments.

He represents the Holy Spirits wisdom in leadership.

Mothers Day

Thinking about those ladies who find Mothers Day a Difficult day. It is a day of celebration for so many ladies who have devoted themselves to their families. They are deserving of those honors and compliments. It is their day!

But there are those among us who struggle with this day. They don’t want it taken away from the calendar but they hope it is a short day. It is a hard day in their calendar.

There are those moms who have lost moms. This day is a struggle to know she is gone.

There are moms who have moms who were not good moms. How are you supposed to feel when she was not the best?

There are the moms who have lost children. These moms struggle to embrace the loss and loneliness.

There are moms who did their best and their children turned out wrong. Her days are spend wondering what she could have done.

There are the ladies who were not allowed to have children and never adopted. She struggles over that part being hollow in her life.

There are the moms who failed at life in the early days and her children paid the price for her failure. She struggles how to move forward with the burden of that failure. The best thing one can do is be the best today and let the past go.

There is the mom who had her children too early. She made a baby before she made a home. She struggles with the guilt. Give it up to God and let it go.

Life is hard on us all in many ways. None of us should ever be critical of the shortcomings or failures of others. We should celebrate Mothers and make it the best days of their lives. But we should also be aware of the lady who bears a burden life has handed her. Make it a good day for all the ladies in your reach!