Just as soon as Solomon could complete his request for wisdom from the Lord, he was provided with an opportunity to exercise it.
“Now two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him. 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. 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 and order: ‘Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other.’ 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!’ 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.” 1 Kings 3:16-28 NIV
Some folk who have heard pieces of this story already have asked, “How in the world do you put up with this?” Well, sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t.
02 June 2006
“Oh yes, God blessed me w/the right heart, Anton looked @ porn last night! I could have gotten real ignorant on him, but the Lord has blessed me w/the right heart & maturity to hug & kiss my husband, & tell him yes I forgive him after he asked me to. So now I thank God for this right heart & continue to pray for Anton that he not fall into satan’s temptation & that he call on God when he’s being tempted, that his eyes are fully opened to the way out that God is providing for him & that he take it.”
Now, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t tell y’all about the “bad” as well. I was not always so supportive and forgiving. I did get frustrated and reacted in ugly ways…
28 September 2006
“Lord I can’t do this by myself. I need, I WANT Your help! Help me dear Lord please help me Father. Take it over Lord, it’s Yours. I give it over to You, the only One who can handle it. I surrender for real. I am sitting still & waiting for Your instruction. Forgive me Father, but I needYou. I am surrendering. I lift my hands to You & Your will. In my Savior’s Holy name, Amen. I’m done, I can’t, I won’t, & I don’t want to fight You anymore God, I’m sorry.”
14 October 2006
“Anton looked @ porn on 02 Oct & our anniversary was on 04 Oct! I was livid! I cursed, hit & kicked. Not the right heart. I got ugly. Not good, I am disappointed in myself. I want to change but I don’t, but I know I need to, but I feel like it’s too late. Arrrrghhhh!!!”
“…Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for-both riches and honor-so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. And if you walk in My ways and obey My statutes and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.” 1 Kings 3:13-14 NIV