June 1
1 Kings 3:16-28

Whose baby is it?

After King David died, his son Solomon became the new king of Israel, and God gave him great wisdom.

One day, two women came to Solomon with a big problem. They were living together in a house and each one had a baby. That morning, when they woke up, one of the babies had died. Both women argued and said, “The living baby is my baby!”

Then Solomon said, “Bring the baby here so that I can cut it in half, then each of you can have half a baby.”

When the real mother heard that Solomon was going to kill her baby, she said, “No, please don’t kill my baby—rather give the baby to the other woman.” Then Solomon knew that she was the real mother—because she wanted the baby to live—and he gave the baby to her.

How can a sword help me find out the truth?

Imagine if you were a king trying to get someone to tell the truth. Perhaps you could use your sword to threaten the person. But what if the person insisted that he was telling the truth; would you be convinced? Without God’s wisdom, a sword is only a weapon—not a lie detector!

God has given us a different kind of Sword. It is so sharp that it can pierce right into the heart of a person (without making him bleed). The truth of God’s Word can show up a person’s lies and deceit. “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword—it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” Hebrews 4:12.

By reading the Bible we, like Solomon, receive wisdom from God, and because God’s Word is Truth it helps us recognize the lies of the devil more easily.

Verse for today

Take the … sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17