Saying “No” to Mom

It’s a typical teenage response to roll your eyes at mom and to say (or at least think), “Mom, you don’t know what you’re talking about.” The truth is that sometimes moms don’t have all the answers.  One step in adulthood is to have the wisdom to recognize that rare moment when mom is wrong.

Both God and David promised that one day Solomon would become king, but before that happened, Solomon’s brother, Adonijah, tried to make himself king. When David heard of Adonijah’s rebellion, he immediately had Solomon proclaimed as king. Yet, Adonijah wasn’t done with his ambition.  Adonijah knew Solomon couldn’t refuse a request from his mom, so he deceived mom into helping him out by asking for something that would put him one step closer to being king. I’m not sure Mom knew she was being played when she went to Solomon. Then she said, “I desire one small petition of you; do not refuse me.” And the king said to her, “Ask it, my mother, for I will not refuse you.” (1 Kings 2:20)

When Solomon heard about Adonijah’s request, he recognized what was happening. He took quick action, put Adonijah to death, and ended the coup. Some decisions are too important to pay attention to sentimental moments.  Sometimes wisdom just says “no”.  Even to mom.