1 Kings 3:16-28
Solomon Judges Wisely
16 Two prostitutes came to the king. They stood in front of him. 17 One of them said, “My master, this woman and I live in the same house. I had a baby while she was there with me. 18 Three days after my child was born, this woman also had a baby. We were alone. There wasn’t anyone in the house but the two of us.
19 “During the night this woman’s baby died. It happened because she was lying on top of him. 20 So she got up in the middle of the night. She took my son from my side while I was asleep. She put him by her breast. Then she put her dead son by my breast. 21 The next morning, I got up to nurse my son. But he was dead! I looked at him closely in the morning light. And I saw that it wasn’t my baby.”
22 The other woman said, “No! The living baby is my son. The dead one belongs to you.”
But the first woman said, “No! The dead baby is yours. The living one belongs to me.” So they argued in front of the king.
23 The king said, “One of you says, ‘My son is alive. Your son is dead.’ The other one says, ‘No! Your son is dead. Mine is alive.’”
24 He continued, “Bring me a sword.” So a sword was brought to him. 25 Then he gave an order. He said, “Cut the living child in two. Give half to one woman and half to the other.”
26 The woman whose son was alive was filled with deep concern for her son. She said to the king, “My master, please give her the living baby! Don’t kill him!”
But the other woman said, “Neither one of us will have him. Cut him in two!”
27 Then the king made his decision. He said, “Give the living baby to the first woman. Don’t kill him. She’s his mother.”
28 All of the people of Israel heard about the decision the king had given. That gave them great respect for him. They saw that God had given him wisdom. They knew that Solomon would do what was right and fair when he judged people.
Everyone has a dream, a dream to become somebody, a dream to do something, a dream to make change, a dream to be the best, a dream to leave a legacy. Some have big dreams, some have small dreams, some have mediocre dreams yet others have out of the box dreams. Whatever the size or quality of the dream, every dreamer has one thing in common to do, that is to PROTECT THE DREAM!!!
A dream is like a baby, it starts off with a conception stage –that’s when you come up with the idea of the dream. You brainstorm several ideas till you come up with the “perfect dream.” These is when you write down the dream, and during this process never limit yourself, always think outside the box, there’s nothing stopping you. Habakkuk 2:2-3 And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
The planning stage of the dream can be equated to the nine months gestation period that a woman goes through. During the gestation period, a woman goes to prenatal care, she meets up with a midwife, she has regular doctor appointments, she buys all the necessary things in preparation for the birth of the baby. The same way that a woman works with a team of people during this time, is the same way that you need a team in planning your dreams. The key is to choose or partner with people who have the same vision as you because they will put their all in it, they will do whatever it takes to see the dream come to pass. Don’t just share your dream with anybody and everybody; be very selective of who knows your dream. Luke 1: 39-45 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favoured, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfil his promises to her!”
The actual execution of the dream is the same as the birthing process a woman goes through to get the baby out. It is extremely painful. The first time a woman pushes the baby does not come out, she has to continue pushing till the baby comes out. In the same way, when you are executing your dream, at the first push it may not come together the way you envision it but you just have to continue pushing till the dream is a reality. 1 Samuel 1: 12-20 As she kept on praying to the Lord. Eli observed her mouth.Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk and said to her, “How long are you going to stay drunk? Put away your wine.”“Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the Lord. Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.” Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.” She said, “May your servant find favour in your eyes.” Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast. Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the Lord and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, and the Lord. So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel,saying, “Because I asked the Lord. Once the baby is out, the mother protects the baby from anything and everything. The same way you have to protect your dream at all costs.
Here in 1 Kings 3, the two women had babies, they both had dreams. One woman once she gave birth, once her dream became reality, she forgot to protect her dream, she forgot to protect her baby, she forgot the pain of the labour process and as a result she slept on her baby and the baby died. On the other hand the other woman never forgot her baby, she never forgot the pain of birthing her child to such a point that she would rather have given the baby to the other woman rather than have the baby cut in half. The same way protect your dream to the point that even when other people want to kill the dream, you would rather hand it over to somebody else than to see the dream die.