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Someone has said, “Admission of wrongdoing is not an admission of weakness, but a sign of strength.” Admitting wrong is certainly a first step in establishing or reestablishing a right relationship with God. The Bible often makes that clear. First Kings 8 records Solomon’s prayer of dedication for the temple he erected to the LORD. In his prayer, he cited seven situations in which his nation would need God’s forgiveness. Here is one. “When they sin against you and you become angry with them and give them over to an enemy, who takes them captive to his own land, far away or near. If they have a change of heart in the land where they are held captive, and repent and plead with you in the land of their conquerors and say, ‘We have sinned, we have done wrong, we have acted wickedly. If they turn back to you with all their heart and soul in the land of their enemies who took them captive, and pray to you toward the land you gave their fathers, toward the city you have chosen and the temple I have built for your name; then from heaven, your dwelling place, hear their prayer and their plea, and uphold their cause. And forgive your people, who have sinned against you; forgive all the offenses they have committed against you.” Trouble can lead to humility, which can lead to repentance, which can lead to trust in God, which can lead to a changed situation.

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