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Jun. 15, 2023

Contributed by Kahu Kalani Wong, KS Maui

Heluhelu Baibala/Bible Reading
5 E paulele iā Iēhova me kou naʻau a pau;
Mai hilinaʻi hoʻi ma kou naʻauao iho.
6 Ma kou ʻaoʻao a pau iā ia nō ʻoe e nānā aku ai,
A nāna nō e hoʻopololei i kou hele ʻana.- Na Solomona 3:5-6
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.- Proverbs 3:5-6

He Manaʻo o ke Kahu Kalani Wong, KS Maui
Researchers say that the average adult makes about 35,000 remotely conscious decisions each day, with about 225 on food alone.  As our level of responsibility grows, so does the depth and consequences of these decisions.  Can you imagine being the leader of a nation and the type of problems they need to solve in a day? 

Two women came up to King Solomon and said, “Your Majesty, this woman and I live in the same house. Not long ago my baby was born at home, and three days later her baby was born. Nobody else was there with us. One night while we were all asleep, she rolled over on her baby, and he died. Then while I was still asleep, she got up and took my son out of my bed. She put him in her bed, then she put her dead baby next to me.  In the morning when I got up to feed my son, I saw that he was dead. But when I looked at him in the light, I knew he wasn't my son.”  And these two ladies began arguing just who’s baby that child was.

King Solomon cried out, “Both of you say this live baby is yours. Someone bring me a sword. Cut the baby in half! That way each of you can have part of him.”  But the real mother cried out, “Please don't kill my son.  Your Majesty, I love him very much, but give him to her. Just don't kill him.”  Whereas the other woman shouted, “Go ahead and cut him in half. Then neither of us will have the baby.”  He wisely discerned who the real mother was and gave her the baby.

If someone came to you with this problem, how would you deal with it?  I doubt you would have done what King Solomon did after hearing them argue for a bit.  Prayerfully, we’ll never have to make that kind of decision in our lives, but there will be times that we’ll need to really wrestle with a dilemma.  If we lean back on our previous decisions or ponder how others dealt with similar difficulties, we might be able to come up with a response.  But if we lean on the one who truly knows all things, we’ll get the best answer.

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