Nothing Good Happens after Midnight

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“Nothing good happens after midnight.” Cops across America have given this advice to anyone who will listen since predators of every kind come out in heavy numbers when most of the country is sleeping.

 

I used these words time and again with my own kids during their teenage years as I held their curfew at that time of night until they were adults.

 

My daughter, who is now a mother of three, listened well. She repeated these words when discussing the recent news that American gold medalist, Ryan Lochte, and others, claimed they were victims of armed robbery at about 3:00 a.m. last Sunday in Rio.

 

They were returning to the Olympic village following a late night party when they reported being robbed by gunmen. As the authenticity of this incident swirls, it reinforces the reality that weird events and unfortunate circumstances find those who prowl around all night.

 

While the mantra, “Nothing good happens after midnight,” is simply general advice, Jesus offered counsel that confused a rich young ruler when he replied, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone” (Luke 18:19b).

 

In the context of this passage, the wealthy young man claimed he did every “good deed” that should qualify him for heaven. Yet Jesus was able to show him that God did not have his heart because he was unwilling to part with his riches.

 

The prophet Isaiah cautioned, “all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.” In other words, human effort will always fall short without God involved.

 

So the cop in me wants to advise, “Nothing good happens after midnight,” while the pastor inside exhorts, “Nothing is truly good if God is not in the mix.”

 

-Jim

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