Judge Judy hears all sorts of small court cases. In most, the evidence is quite compelling, and all she needs to do is highlight the evidence and make a ruling. But often, the evidence is not so compelling. She then rules in favor of the person she believes is telling the truth. An incident from King Solomon’s reign recorded in 1 Kings 3, illustrates how he used the same technique. A woman’s infant died during the night, and she stole another woman’s baby. They argued back and forth before King Solomon, accusing each other of lying. Finally, the king said, “Bring me a sword.” Then he said, “Cut the living child in two, and give half to each one!” The woman who was the real mother of the living child, and who loved him very much, cried out, “Oh no, my lord! “Give her the child — please do not kill him!” The other woman said, “All right, he will be neither yours nor mine; divide him.” The king then said, “Do not kill the child; give him to the woman who wants him to live; she is his mother!” When people heard of the king’s decision, they were in awe of him, realizing God had given him wisdom to render justice. Some decisions we must make are not always easy, but those who rely on God for direction have this promise from Him, found in James 1:5: “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.”
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