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After I strayed, I repented; after I came to understand, I beat my breast. I was ashamed and humiliated because I bore the disgrace of my youth.
This is the corporate prayer of the people of Israel prophesied by Jeremiah. He saw a day when the Lord would bring them back to their homeland from their captivity. As he saw them, he heard them speak in unison these words which included, “After I had run from God in sin I finally repented. When I realized what I had done I beat my breasts in shame thinking to myself, ‘How Could I have Been So Stupid?”
In the original writings, the Hebrew word used could be interpreted, stupid. That’s what the nation was saying in Jeremiah’s prophecy. And the truth is that all sin is a temporary, if not terminal state of insanity. When someone runs away from the loving arms of the Lord for some thrill that lasts for only a very short time, it’s insane. Yet this was the state that Israel and the people of Judah found themselves in. They were, and they acknowledged they were, “Stupid,” to have run away from the love of God. I can’t tell you how many, and there have been so many, who through the years have told me, “Rich, I’m back with Jesus. I ran for so long, and wasted so much of my life. ‘How Could I Have Been So Stupid?” And they don’t even speak Hebrew.
Wow! As I read this passage from the words of Jeremiah this AM, I thought back to my young years of being STUPID. Thankfully it was not a long time. Thank God I didn’t waste too much time, before I ran to your arms in repentance. But for a long time, whenever I would remember my past I used to say, “How Could I Have Been So Stupid.” Thank you for taking me back. Amen
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