Tag: Isaiah

Faithfulness To God Every Day

Vance Havnerby Vance Havner

Someone has suggested that a good text for an Easter sermon can be found in a phrase out of Acts 12:4: “Intending After Easter…” Everybody goes to church on Easter Sunday but most of them do not intend to keep it up. It is not a religious show on a big day but faithfulness to God every day that counts. Putting in an appearance on a special occasion and then being conspicuous for absence on most occasions is the bane of our church life today.

Isaiah thundered against the hollow and meaningless observance of new moons and Sabbaths and ‘the solemn meeting.” Christmas and Easter Christians, the holly-and-lilies crowd, make poor soldiers of the cross and followers of the Lamb. The real test of our piety is what we intend to do “after Easter.”

by Vance Havner


Call To America

Vance Havnerby Vance Havner

Hear the word of the Lord. Isaiah 1:10

We need to recover Isaiah’s thundering call from the mothballs where we have relegated it. The first chapter could be proclaimed, with a few names changed, to America and be strictly up to date. Surely our people “doth not consider.”

Surely the moral putrefaction Isaiah portrayed (Isaiah 1:5-6) smells just as bad in our land. And God hates our Sunday-morning religion without reality as much as He despised the sham formalities of Judah (Isaiah 1:11-15). Religion is popular nowadays, but we will not put away evil and learn to do well (Isaiah 1:16-17). We want a religion that involves no break with the world, the flesh, and the devil.

Still, God invites us to reason with Him (Isaiah 1:18). We reason within ourselves and among ourselves, but we do not want to accept God’s reasoning. We want to be saved on our terms, not His.

When America is willing to turn from sin to God and accept His provision, willing and obedient, we shall eat the good of the land. If not, we shall be devoured with the sword, for “the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.”

by Vance Havner