On verses 16-28: As proof that God had answered Solomon’s prayer for a wise and discerning heart, here we see Solomon displaying superior wisdom in dealing with a difficult situation where two prostitutes argue over who is the true mother of a new born baby boy. Since neither side would budge, Solomon asks for a sword and orders that the child be cut in two. One of the women cannot bear to see the baby boy cut in two and asks the king to give the baby to the other woman. King Solomon rules that the surrendering woman is the real mother.
What can we learn from this? When Solomon did not know which side to listen to, he asks for a sword. Similarly, when you face a question where you’re not sure what the answer is, ask for a sword; that is, look to the Word of God. Over and over the Bible is likened to a sword. Paul calls the Word of God the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:18). As the writer of Hebrews says:
Hebrews 4:12 (NIV) 12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
So when in doubt, get your sword, the Word of God. You’ll find the answer you’re looking for when you bring out this sword and learn to use it effectively.
Heavenly Father, thank You for giving us a sword by which we can defend ourselves against Satan’s lies and decipher what is true from what is false. I pray that I would be one who handles the sword of Your Word wisely and effectively, both for my benefit and strengthening and for the benefit and strengthening of others. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!