In the Old Testament, God spoke to His people through prophets, Theophanies, angels, and, at least, once through an animal. In the New Testament, He sent angels to specific people and also spoke to His people through John the Baptist. But, after Jesus was born, God the Father spoke to humans through God the Son. Jesus was present at the creation. He is the exact likeness of God and He is the reflection of God’s glory.. Once he had been obedient to the cross and completed His earthly mission, He was exalted to His present position, which is next to God in heaven. He intercedes for us there. He is greater than all the angels and His Name is superior to all other names. His Name is the only Name in heaven and on earth or under the seas, whereby we can receive eternal salvation.
Jesus is not suggesting that we not worry, He is telling us not to do it. If we continually worry about something, we are being disobedient. Not only is continually worrying a sin, satan uses it to destroy us mentally and if we persist in worrying, it will destroy us physically. We might look at this warning from Jesus in a different light, if we look up the definition of worry and find the following definition and example:
worry (of a dog or other carnivorous animal) tear at, gnaw on, or drag around with the teeth.
“I found my dog contentedly worrying a bone”
Imagine that satan is the dog and you are the bone. You see why God doesn’t want us to worry? He knows it’s that sly old dog, satan, lying to us and dragging us down. Isn’t that an exact picture of how we feel after days and days of worrying over something? We feel worn out, torn up and like we have been dragged around by the hair of the head. And guess what, Jesus was right, all of our worrying has not changed a single thing. Whatever was going to happen, happened anyway and whatever was not going to happen, didn’t happen. We can cast all of our cares on Jesus. Some of those cares He will crush with His feet because they come from His enemy, satan. Some of those cares He will hold in the palm of His hand and caress you until you feel His joy. Why? That is just what Love does.
7 People can tame every kind of wild animal, bird, reptile, and fish, and they have tamed them, 8 but no one can tame the tongue. It is wild and evil and full of deadly poison. 9 We use our tongues to praise our Lord and Father, but then we curse people, whom God made like himself. 10 Praises and curses come from the same mouth! My brothers and sisters, this should not happen. 11 Do good and bad water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree make olives, or can a grapevine make figs? No! And a well full of salty water cannot give good water.–James 3:7-12 (NCV)
We must always be careful with our words. Somehow, we have gotten into the bad habit of thinking that every word said to us needs a quick reply. It is those knee-jerk responses that get us into trouble most times. We need to take the time to consider what we have just heard and weigh its meaning. What is the situation? What is the tone of voice? Did we hear correctly? In our “busy” lifestyle nowadays, we have to have a lot more patience and consider the other person’s perspective.
Our words should always be uplifting and encouraging. Our lips should bless and not curse. The words we say should always be a “sweet, sweet sound” in the ears of God, then we know they will be pleasing to others. God listens and hears every word we say. Let our words be sweet cool water to a tortured soul. Then people will know what we have in our hearts. For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.–Matt 12:34b (NLT)