Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


December 24, 2009

In Bethlehem so many years ago, God broke into the world from above. Some looked to the star as a sign that a rescuer, a king, a Savior was to come.

Then the king gave his ruling: "Give the living baby to the first woman. Do not kill him; she is his mother."

When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice.

-1 Kings 3:27,28 TNIV

No sooner does King Solomon ask for wisdom then his courtroom demands the application of that wisdom in the famous story of the two women quarrelling over the baby. Not only does Solomon adjudicate the case, he looks to God to resolve a very earthy argument, a baby is spared, a mother reunited with her child, and a liar, a cheat, is revealed. It's a proverb of wisdom for us all.

But it begins, it hinges on Solomon's humility, and his look above, to his God for assistance. When the faithful of the world looked to the star for a redeemer, God heeded that humility by sending his son. Maybe part of humility is looking beyond one self; maybe part of the Christmas story is looking above as a way of life, looking to Christ not only on Christmas Day, but all our days.

Dale Patterson