The woman whose son was alive was deeply moved out of love for her son and said to the king, “Please, my lord, give her the living baby! Don’t kill him!” But the other said, “Neither I nor you shall have him. Cut him in two!”
1 Kings 3:26
The mother loved her son unconditionally. Her true love for him meant that she would never do anything to hurt him. She would rather lose him, let him go, than to see him hurt. The other woman only saw him as a possession; never loving or caring for him genuinely, which meant that she could care less about what happened to him. If she couldn’t have him then no one would, and she was willing to cut the baby in half instead of letting him go. How twisted is that?
This story can be seen played out in our daily lives, in different ways, in the busiest of cities to the most remote lands, with the wealthy and the destitute.
How many times have we read or seen stories of a person who was so outraged about losing their significant other that they killed them so no other person could have them? What about the person who wanted the big promotion and then realized it was going to a colleague, and instead of accepting this and bowing out gracefully, they sabotaged the other person’s career or chance at that position?
A couple decides to break up and instead of letting the estranged wife have the sofa they both loved, the husband throws it away, sells it, or destroys it. Think of the countless times we have seen husbands try everything in their power to leave their estranged wife penniless and destitute, as punishment for not complying with his wishes, and instead seeking to leave him through divorce. How many wives have we seen try to punish their husbands in court in hopes of stripping him of his wealth, so he can feel the pain she feels from his betrayal of her?
How many cars and houses have we seen blazing with fire, because someone refused to let another person have it. Sound crazy? Sure it does, but every day someone in this big world is reacting just like the crazed woman in the Bible passage above. We are blinded by our emotions.
Our selfishness and self-centeredness blinds us and prevents us from seeing God’s truth and His plan for us. The enemy studies us and finds out what we covet and fear, and then he plays around with this knowledge, manipulating and tempting us to fall into one of his pits. That jealousy, envy, rage, extreme fear—they’re all tricks and traps set by the enemy. He can’t make you give in. He can’t force you to do anything. You choose.
We must learn to listen for and respond to God’s voice above all others. We must learn to let go of the “baby” if we truly love it, and patiently wait for God to bring us our own to love and nurture. We must learn to let go of people we claim we love, promotions and jobs we claim to love and need, and worldly possessions we claim we can’t live without—and wait for God to bless us with what is intended for us!
Some things are meant to be with us for a season or a reason, to prepare us for better or different. But we’re so hellbent on holding on like they’re intended to be with us for a lifetime, that we sometimes risk our souls in the process. When we hurt and then choose to hurt others, that is never the way of God, but sadly it’s the way of the enemy.
People are not possessions. You have no right to control, enslave, hold on to, or harass them. Your home, vehicle, jewelry, accessories, boat, and anything else that you can acquire using money, are all temporary possessions. Stop putting so much value in them that they become idols of worship, rather than tools to serve or trinkets of pleasure. Lastly, don’t let the tool of money warp your mind and heart to serve it. When money becomes your god, you have to know that the enemy is pulling your strings, and you’re allowing it to happen. Cut those strings and cling to God.
Father, because of You I know true love, have shared true love, and I know what it feels to be loved. Every day I strive to share and express Your love, and I hope that I am making myself more accessible to receive love from others. Your love is truly unconditional, and that is what every male and female should hope to give and receive—unconditional love.
When fear creeps inside my mind and heart, and makes me want to close myself off and put up ‘walls’ I ask that You flush it out Lord; force that fear out with Your love so that I can see and feel that all is well, and that You are there protecting and caring for me. I never want to give fear any power. Doing so would be disrespectful to You. Fear has no power in Your domain. In Your Name I praise and pray. Amen.
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