Corinthians 14:8 "For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who
shall prepare himself to the battle?
The ancient Hebrews used an
instrument that was called a shofar, which was a trumpet that was made from a
ram's horn. It was used to sound an alarm, to summon the people
together, and was also used in other various rituals. It dictated to
the people what their response should be, for it made a certain
and clear sound with a specific purpose in mind, which was to call the
people to war, celebration, or worship. It is still used today by
the Jewish people at their New Year's celebration of Rosh Hashanah
and their most holy day of Yon Kippur.
shofar was put under much pressure before it became the instrument that could
be used in such a manner. It had to be cut from the ram and the inside of
it had to be totally gutted and made clean. It then had to be boiled
until it was soft and pliable and put under fire so that it could be
shaped. After this process was complete, the shofar had to
be sanded until it became smooth. Only after this enduring process
was it ready to fulfill its purpose and its destiny, which was to make a
clarion call to battle, celebration, or worship.
Apostle Paul encouraged us to be like a trumpet that gives forth a certain
sound. We all want to fulfill that call and purpose, but most of us
do not want to go through the process of becoming the instrument that God
can work through, for it is much like the process of refining the shofar.
Our souls must be cut away from everything that would hinder our freedom
in Christ and we must allow ourselves to be totally cleaned within by
God's Holy Spirit. This is not an easy process because
God offends our minds in order to test our hearts. Often we do
not understand His works of righteousness, for there is much pain that is
involved to affect His purposes in our lives. God allows us to
experience the fire so that we will become soft and pliable enough to be
shaped in His hands. Then just about the time that we think He is finished
and we feel that we are ready, He begins the sanding process.
We must remember that God
is not trying to be cruel to us. He just wants to make sure that our
words and lives are making a clear and certain sound to those about
us. He said that we were the hope of His glory and His kingdom
depends upon our witness and testimony. We are epistles read of
all men and we are not to be confusing to those about us. Our lives
are to be sure and our sound is to be certain, whether it is a call to battle,
celebration, or worship. +++