I’m sure we all have heard the old saying “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” I also think it’s safe to say we’ve all learned that is a foolish and untrue statement. Whether you realize it or not, words can be devastating, especially when spoken to children by parents, teachers or other children.
The ancient scrolls tell us a lot about words. In the first scroll of Genesis, we find the Creator creating the universe with words. Of course, in our finite little minds, we can’t possibly grasp the scope of how this transpired, but we do know that words are sound waves and sound waves can move molecules, and all matter is made up of molecules. But how He was able to arrange those molecules to create matter with His words, we may never know.
But we do know that, in the first chapter of the book of Genesis, He said, “let us make man in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion, over all the earth.”
To me, that says if we are created in His likeness then we are to the rule the earth, as He would, by words. Before you think I’ve lost my mind, consider that when Christ came to earth, the Scriptures tell us that He was the exact image of His Father. And we know He controlled the storms by speaking to them, He opened blind eyes by speaking to them, He delivered the demon possessed by speaking to them, He made a tree wither and die by speaking to it, and over and over we see examples of He who is the exact image of the Creator, changing circumstances the exact same way the Creator created the universe. And then, referring to mankind, He said this in Mark 11:23, “If you speak and do not doubt in your heart but believe that those things which you say will be done, you will have whatsoever you say.” Could it be that what we have today is what we have been speaking and believing in our yesterday’s?
I knew a lady who loved to jog but was fearful of jogging on the streets because she believed she might get run over by a car. So to alleviate the problem, she would go jogging at 4 A.M. to avoid the dangerous traffic. One day, while jogging, she was struck by a car and died. The part of the story that I find amazing is that there was only one car on the street and she was on the sidewalk. The one car on the street jumped the curb, striking and killing her on the sidewalk. Is it possible that the thing she believed and spoke came to pass?
Perhaps Jesus knew something we didn’t know when He said, “Be careful what you listen to because out of the abundance of the heart the mouth will speak.”