My granddaughter, Natty, is constantly reminding me of one of the most valuable skills a good Bible student can have . . . the willingness to ask questions and seek the answers! At age 7, her favorite questions are, “What’s that?,” “Why?” and, “How come?”
In The Elephant’s Child, by Rudyard Kipling, we have this insightful set of verses entitled, “Six Honest Serving Men:”
I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
I send them over land and sea,
I send them east and west;
But after they have worked for me,
I give them all a rest.
I let them rest from nine till five,
For I am busy then,
As well as breakfast, lunch, and tea,
For they are hungry men.
But different folk have different views;
I know a person small –
She keeps ten million serving-men,
Who get no rest at all!
She sends’em abroad on her own affairs,
From the second she opens her eyes –
One million Hows, two million Wheres,
And seven million Whys!
How true it is that we learned much more quickly as children, partly by asking lots of questions and waiting around for the answers. As we have gotten older, we’ve grown busy with other things, and stopped learning! Both in preparing and in teaching lessons from the Bible, we need to be asking questions and seeking the answers… then helping our listeners do the same.
Article last updated August 16, 2011.