“And the king (Solomon) said, ‘Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other.’ ” I Kings 3:25
Recently I told the Lord I had two problems. He responded that I had one, so I asked him for proof text and here we have Solomon with an example of the wisdom God gave him. Now before I give a synopsis of the story, in order to understand the relevance of this text to my problem, you need to know I had been reminding God about how L-O-N-G I had been banging on the doors of heaven for an answer. As such I thought it needful for him to know that my patience is wearing thin and NOW would be a good time to spill the beans. Didn’t happen. As promised please read the following synopsis (I Kings 3:16-28).
Two baby mommas, who were also ladies of the night, went to court and stood before the judge. The first baby momma said:
“Both of us live in one house and had two babies. I had my baby first and three days later she had hers. NOBODY else was in the house…ok? So, what had happened was this woman killed her child because she was stupid enough to sleep on the baby and what she did was get up, switch the babies and now she actin’ like the dead one is mine and the living baby is hers. So, when I got up to feed my baby, I saw this one was dead and knew it wasn’t mine.”
Baby momma #2 said, “Nu, uh. The dead one is hers and the living one is mine. This trick is cr-cr-crazy.”
The first baby momma said, “You trippin’ tramp. The living baby is mine and you betta step off…”
Alas the judge silenced the two baby mommas and said, “Enough! Bring me a sword and let’s settle this matter once and for all. Baby momma #1 you take one half and Baby momma #2 you take the other half.”
At the sound of the edict baby momma #1 said, “Oh lawd, don’t do it Judge Solomon. Give her the baby. Don’t kill the baby!” Baby momma #2 said, “Psst, neither one of us should have it. Go on and split the baby in two. If I can’t have it, neither can her.”
And at that very point, that is when Judge Solomon said, “Give the child to baby momma #1. She is the real mother.”
In Solomon’s case getting the answer was never about process (order of the court), location (harlot’s house) or circumstantial evidence (the living baby). The issue was the true mother’s identity and how to determine it. When the real mother was willing to give up her baby so it could live, the answer came because it was a matter of life or death, and had Solomon relied solely on their testimonies, felt emotionally sorry for the baby, a wrong decision would have affected the baby in ways we could not predict.
And it is the same with you. The answers you seek are wrapped up in your problems. Waiting patiently upon the Lord is never an easy thing but rest assured the solutions you need are there. They will never come when you want them, rather when you need them.