Adonijah, son of Haggith, went to Bathsheba, the mother of Solomon. “Do you come as a friend?” she asked. “Yes,” he answered, and added, “I have something to say to you.” She replied, “Say it.” (1 Kings 2: 13-14)
Here we see the relationship between mother and son is one of great love and respect. Bathsheba must have been aware of the laws of her time and knew the answer to her request would result in someone’s death. Yet, she had the courage to approach her son and know that with the help of God he would make the right decision.
Questions to Ponder:
- Am I willing to place my life in God’s hands during times of turmoil and trust him to lead others and me in the right direction?
- Do I willingly accept the God’s decision and follow through with the consequences put forth by God?
A powerful man misused Bathsheba. She had no say in what happened to her. Her only control was in her response to the situation. She chose to take God’s way by forgiving David and learning to love him. God saw Bathsheba’s choice and we see her rewards throughout 2 Samuel and 1 Kings.
Untenable situations also confront us. God has placed us there for reasons only He may know. It is up to us to lovingly handle the situation and turn to God for his help and guidance.
Lord Jesus, help me to be more like Bathsheba and lovingly forgive those who have transgressed against me. Let me find my strength and compassion in you. Amen.
All for the Glory of God,
Excerpted from Women of the Bible: A Study by Christina Weigand