Solomon’s credibility as a ruler was established when he gave a wise ruling in the case of the two prostitutes. But let’s not miss the fact that this was a difficult case! There were no witnesses. It was virtually impossible for anyone to know all the facts. And there was the added pressure of dismissing the needs of these two prostitutes because, after all, it’s not like they were important members of the community, right?
Don’t forget that all these issues Solomon faced when trying to judge between the two women are issues that modern-day judges, police officers, and politicians have to face every single day. They are called upon to exercise wisdom and judgment, often in the absence of facts, for the sake of the truth and without showing favoritism. This is just one of many reasons we are commanded in the New Testament to pray for “kings and all who are in high positions” (1 Tim. 2:1-2). Leading with wisdom is hard, and without our prayer support, it may be impossible.
How can you pray for your local and national leaders today?