Solomon is given a lot of credit for having great wisdom. However, when we read this story of how he decided which of the two prostitutes had to be the baby’s rightful mother, we think, well, that was just common sense. If you cannot discover who the liar is, then try to determine who loves the baby unconditionally. The solution to this dispute was quite simple in hindsight and we marvel at his wisdom. Solomon is just and wise. He has punished the careless mother who smothered her baby and then stole her roommate’s baby and lied. He has rewarded the good mother.
But, as some wag once said, common sense is not all that common and it certainly is not consistent. Even the wise Solomon made some major errors during his reign. He was wise, wealthy and powerful, but eventually he turned to idolatry and away from God, and his kingdom was torn in two. Obviously wisdom is no guarantee that you will not make mistakes.
Wisdom alone will not make decision-making easier. Let us then pray for understanding that is tempered with care.
Heavenly Father, grant us sound judgement tempered by faith and love. Amen. — MC