Are you smarter than a 4th grader?

At that very moment, Jesus overflowed with joy from the Holy Spirit and said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you’ve hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and shown them to babies. Indeed, Father, this brings you happiness. Luke 10:21 CEB

A group of business executives were asked to answer the following questions as part of a study to test their problem solving/question answering skills. Try your hand at them to see how you do.

(Don’t cheat! See if you can answer the questions before scrolling down farther.)

  • Q. How do you put an elephant in the refrigerator?
  • Q. How do you put a giraffe in the refrigerator?
  • Q. The Lion King hosted a gala party. All the animals came but one. Which animal wasn’t there?
  • Q. You have also been invited to the Lion King’s party. But in order to get there you have to cross an alligator infested river. How will you get across?

Yes, these were actual questions in the study!

To prove their point, the creators of the study asked the same four questions to a group of fourth graders.

Okay – now you can check out the answers and see how well you did:

  • Q. How do you put an elephant in the refrigerator? A. Open up the door and put it in.
  • Q. How do you put a giraffe in the refrigerator? A. Open the door, take the elephant out and put the giraffe in.
  • Q. The Lion King hosted a gala party. All the animals came but one. Which animal wasn’t there? A. The giraffe because it was still in the refrigerator.
  • Q. You have also been invited to the Lion King’s party. But in order to get there you have to cross an alligator infested river. How will you get across? A. You can swim across the river – all the alligators are at the party.

Do I hear a collective groan out there?

The 4th grade students actually scored higher, getting the correct answers 80% of the time because the business executives spent their time trying to analyze the situations, missing the simple, obvious answers.

This is the spiritual application of the study: We must become as little children to accept the simplicity of the gospel by faith, otherwise we will over analyze it every time and miss the wonderful truth of God. No wonder we adults have so much trouble trusting!

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About Bonnie Winters

I am a Pastor's Wife, Mom, Grandmom, writer, and crafter who loves God with all my heart! Life has been an interesting Journey, so why not pull up a comfy chair, grab a cuppa your favorite beverage and let's just share awhile!
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