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Is It Practical?

by J. Edward Boyd

                  A Study of Prophecy

100 Years Ago

(Reprint from the June, 1917, Word and Work)


If you were traveling through a dense forest, on a dark night, over a road unknown to you—a rough, rocky road along which you had good reason to believe were pitfalls and other dangers— and if someone were to offer you a lantern or a torch, would you object to it on the ground that it would be of no practical use to you? Indeed, what could you think of that would be more practical just then? Oh, to be sure, you might get through all right without a light; perhaps you even know of someone who tried it and you feel sure that no serious mishap came to him; even then would you consider it the part of wisdom—the part of good, common sense—thus unnecessarily to expose yourself to danger?

Now that the word of prophecy is no less practical is quite evident. “And we have the word of prophecy made more sure; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts.” (2 Peter 1:19). We are indeed in a dark place, passing through this world; before us unknown dangers lie— unknown except as they are revealed to us by God’s light. And this light is His word—especially the word of prophecy. Is it the part of wisdom, then, to regard it as something impractical and useless, and to treat it with indifference? We need this light; only by giving heed to it can we be certain of safety.

-J. Edward Boyd, June 1917


Bro. Boyd was a longtime minister of the Gospel in the Churches of Christ.  He was also a Bible Teacher at Southeastern Christian College in Winchester, KY.

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