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1 Corinthians 14:8-9 says, “For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle? So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.”
Trumpets were used in battle in Bible times to signal the Troops in war. They would have different signals for attack and retreat. This was a system that was used for hundreds of years even up into the early battles in the United States.
So, if the trumpet blew an uncertain sound, the troops would not know what to do. Some might attack while at the same time others would retreat and yet others might just stand there and wonder what they should do.
We must as Christians be sure that the message we are proclaiming is not an uncertain sound. Most of the time we are fairly clear with our words however our actions somtimes send an uncertain sound to those around us. When our children hear us telling them to obey God and do what is right but they see us doing the opposite then we are sending them an uncertain sound. What are they to do? They will be confused as what they are hearing and what they are seeing will be two different things. If our actions do not match our words, then we are just uselessly speaking into the air.