"Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart" (Psalm 119:34).

My young daughter was only six years old when she began to memorize poetry. She loved the rhythm and rhyme in poems and never had difficulty in understanding their meaning. Metaphors and similes were her favorite "pictures," and she digested the words like a chocolate delicacy. My son, however, was exactly the opposite. Poetry was one subject he avoided as much as possible, and he especially hated reciting any verse out loud. Because of their length, he was overwhelmed by poems like "Hiawatha," "The Lady of Shalott," and "Snow-bound," and he felt they were written in some language he never quite understood. Frustrated, he would say, "Why don't they just come out and say it? Can't they just talk normally, so you know what's going on?"

Compared to poetry, God's Word may seem even more difficult to understand. Because the Bible is filled with its own books of poetry, as well as history, prophecy, and other types of writing, we need help in discerning its truths. With our finite minds, we don't always understand how the Bible relates to us. However, 1 Corinthians 2:14 tells us, "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." Since the Bible is from God, to understand its truths, you must be born of the Spirit (John 3:6) and filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). Therefore, we must always ask the Holy Spirit to be our teacher when we read the Bible.

Do you avoid reading the Bible because it seems too difficult to understand? Preachers and seminary students are not the only ones who can know its truths. Guided by the Holy Spirit, you are perfectly capable of understanding Bible principles and sharing those principles with everyone you meet. Best of all, God will help you apply its principles to every homeschooling challenge you face, including teaching poetry to your son!

Heavenly Father,
My heart sings with praise to You
For the blessings in Your Word so true.
Teach my mind this day to know
Wisdom from You that will make me grow. Amen.