3 And Solomon loved Yahweh, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places.

Solomon quickly gained favour with his people, aided by the peaceful conditions of his reign (cp. 1Chr. 29:25; 2Chr. 1:1). He therefore called a general assembly of Israel's leaders and arranged a national day of thanksgiving and praise to Yahweh (2Chr. 1:2-3). The king manifested a becoming humility (1Kgs. 3:7), and he would have saved much sadness if this attitude was maintained throughout the 40 years of his reign.

The disposition of a small child is necessary to attain unto true wisdom; a knowledge of our own limitations is necessary to true success. The despicable attitude of one of the two mothers whose case was brought before Solomon is indicative of the attitude of that group of believers who will be found on the left side of the Great Judge of the Kingdom, and who will be rejected because of their unseemly demands on the true servants of the Deity.

The wisdom was divine, and resulted in the righteous judgment of this test case. So "the wisdom of God was in him to do judgment," and a greater wisdom is soon to be manifested by the One who can read the hearts and minds, and not merely external evidence presented.

Let us rest upon that wisdom, and endeavour to develop the godly characteristics of Solomon, as revealed in this chapter. - GEM, Logos.