God of wisdom and light, You know the hearts of men and women. Expose truth and bring many to bow before Jesus.
Read: 1 Kings 3:16-28
 Now two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him.  One of them said, “Pardon me, my lord. This woman and I live in the same house, and I had a baby while she was there with me.  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.  “During the night this woman’s son died because she lay on him.  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.  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.”  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.  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.'”  Then the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So they brought a sword for the king.  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!”  Then the king gave his ruling: “Give the living baby to the first woman. Do not kill him; she is his mother.” 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.
Reflect: How deeply do you value wisdom for the sake of justice?
Solomon had been given opportunity to make a request of the Lord and he had asked God for wisdom so that he could govern the people with discernment. Here he is presented with a case that demands wisdom that is beyond human capacity.
Solomon is faced with a dispute where there is no external evidence yet he has to judge who is telling the truth. God knows what hidden motives lie behind the words of each woman. He is the one who can look beyond appearance and see the heart (1 Sam. 16:7). God gives Solomon wisdom to reveal these things.
His judgment, the famous judgment of Solomon, displays a sharp and deep understanding of the human soul. He uses the sword of wisdom to separate one woman’s jealousy from the other’s true maternal feelings and to discern which is which. Certainly Solomon wields the sword much more wisely here than he did when he dealt violently with his potential challengers for the throne (ch. 2).
Pray for grace to see people as the Lord does and for wisdom to understand them as he does.
Lord, Your wisdom is life-giving. Teach me to walk in it and to live.