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Walking in Darkness

Question #26

Just one small question: In one of your replies last week to a question, you indicated that no young believer or old saint should stay up past midnight. You further claimed that no good comes out of this time frame. Could you elaborate on that a bit more, as it relates to God’s Word?

Answer # 26

First of all as we answer this question, we may note that the point I made formerly was a passing remark that it would be better if any saint would not stay up past midnight. I also said that it is not a time when good comes to pass, and the idea is that usually when one is out after midnight he or she is in danger of involving oneself in activities that shall not serve the glory of God, but usually the pleasures of the flesh, in one way or other.

Now of course this is not always the case. A person may be working the night shift in a factory, or hospital and of needs be up after midnight, and could very well be serving the glory of God in his or her labor. It may be that one with a family chooses to drive a long distance through the night, because it is easier for the children to make the trip. And I am sure we could find many other legitimate examples of a proper staying up through the late night hours.

But clearly these are exceptions. My remarks have to do with the fact that we ought to be properly preparing for the next day of labor or activity so that we can serve the Lord with all of our energy, by getting a good night’s rest. The late night time is obviously given to us for rest. The Scripture abounds with this truth.

However, more to the point I was concerned with the sanctified activity of the saint, young or old. And then we ought to acknowledge that it is not good for us to be spending the wee hours of the night in various activities. Realizing that most of the activities we might engage in during these hours are in the service of sin. That is true whether we are on a late night date sitting in a car with our girl friend or boy friend, or sitting in a business establishment that is still open at that time of night, usually a bar or tavern, etc.

The reason that the late night is dangerous to the saint is set forth in principle by many Scriptures, we examine very briefly a few. The principle is seen when one chooses to seek out his activities in the darkness, the Proverbs say in Proverbs 2:13-14 those “Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness” are really those “who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked.” Now I understand that darkness in this text is speaking of spiritual departure, but this is done because darkness is a picture in Scripture of such spiritual departure.

The Holy writer says, in Ecclesiastes 2:14 that “The wise man’s eyes {are} in his head; but the fool walketh in darkness:” The sum of the matter is that the Scripture repeatedly speaks of darkness in association with foolishness, sin and evil. We see this also in the words of our Lord as He addresses us in Luke 12:35 “Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.” And in one other example and in this text we again see the principle idea set forth that God’s children are of the day and speaks of a contrast between the day and night. In I Thessalonians 5:5-8 “Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as {do} others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.”

In the last text it is striking that we are called upon to be spiritually alert, and spiritually sober, it is very difficult to do this and to be this in the late hours of the night. Our physical strength and alertness not only becomes impaired in the late night, but you may be sure that our spiritual strength and sobriety shall wane in the late hours of the night. In this we place ourselves close to the fire, and too often we shall be burned.

For our spiritual welfare we ought to be very careful when it comes to the hours that we keep. There is plenty of time during the day and evening to serve the Lord in our activities.

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