Daily Dose, Lent — March 28

“When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it wanders through waterless regions looking for a resting-place, but it finds none. Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ When it comes, it finds it empty, swept and put in order. Then it goes and brings along seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and live there; and the last state of that person is worse than the first. So will it be also with this evil generation.”

Matthew 12:43-45

Daily Dose with Dr. Don Martin: Journey to the Cross, a Lenten Devotional

He was putting the battery in his rusty old Datsun pick-up truck. He was a tall man and had to squat down a bit to get the battery properly situated and the cables tightened down enough to guarantee the connection necessary to start the engine. He had a prominent pot belly that was caused by several decades of committed beer drinking. He slammed the hood of his weathered Datsun with his elbows so as not to spill any of the beer held comfortably in his left hand. He slammed the hood on his belly. It hurt bad. The language and volume of his immediate response gave witness to his pain.

It might have been the funniest thing I have ever witnessed in my entire life. I had tears of hilarity in my eyes when he climbed into the truck. He said and I quote, “That’s just embarrassing, and it hurt even worse today than when I did it yesterday.”

Some people have to repeat their errors many times before they learn the better way. There is a serious danger in a refusal to learn and change and repent. This might be the reason our Lord Jesus made the statement about getting our house cleaned up only to return to our destructive behaviors all over again. The devil knows us well and returns with enthusiasm to the residence of our soul.

Lent is a time to repent and stay in order. The prodigal who returns home for the 10th time stirs no fear in the fatted calf.

Dr. Don Martin