Vance Havner: “If Any Man Will…”

Today, in my devotion time, I read today’s reading from Day by Day by Vance Havner. I have quoted him many times and I enjoy his intellect and his theological thought process. Today’s devotion met me right where I am. It was exactly what I needed. I have highlighted the portions that were especially meaningful to me.

Again, I make no claims to the rights to this material, nor am I benefitting, in any way, by sharing it. These are Havner’s thoughts and I am glad for them.

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If Any Man Will…

If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
John 7:17

The battle is fought in the citadel of the will. We have intelligence, emotions, and will. We may not be able to understand with the intelligence or feel with the emotions as we would like, but we can take a stand in the will and be true to God, however all else may clamor.

Do not yield to confusion. Are you a man or a mob? Too many today do not have themselves in order and under command. Many a man is not a personality, he is a panic!

Of course, our poor wills, left unaided, are but cotton strings. But when we will the will of God He begins to work in us both to will and do of his good pleasure (Phil. 2:13). We submit to His will: “Thy will be done.” Then we assert His will: “Thy will be done!” It is both passive and active. “Thy will be done” is not mere resignation to the inevitable, it is affirmation of the invincible. However little the intelligence may understand or emotion feel, we take our stand in the will yielded to His will.

– Vance Havner