I listen to a lot of preaching, and like to read preachers from years gone by. I am especially drawn toward men who have a prophetic urgency about them. I have a book by Vance Havner that was published in 1969 entitled, “It Is Toward Evening”.
The preface reads as follows:
“. . .it is toward evening, and the day is far spent” (Luke 24:29). So said the Emmaus disciples to the risen Lord. We read that “Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide. . .” (Genesis 24:63). Isaac would have a rough time today- he wouldn’t be able to get to the fields because of the automobiles and superhighways. If he did get there, he couldn’t meditate because modern Isaacs have lost the art.
One thing is certain: “. . . it is toward evening.” For some of us it has been a long time since life’s morning. It is toward evening as this poor delirious world hurtles on toward judgment at the end of the age.
Although we have come from horse-and-buggy days to the jet age, hearts don’t change much.
Think about how quickly and dramatically things have changed since 1969 when Havner penned these words. It is evening, and we are closer to the end than we have ever been before.
Let’s purpose to have an urgency in our ministries! To carry out our Father’s business with faithfulness, seeing the significance of this eternal work He has called us to.