Most of us would admit to making mistakes in the past. I say most because I encountered a person who blamed his wife for all the problems of their marriage. As I investigated further into this persons perspective, I found that he really didn’t think he had ever done anything wrong. When I told him that the only person I knew who was perfect was God and asked him about that, he said I’m close to being like God. I guess you can’t argue with perfection.
I for sure don’t believe that because I blow it on a regular basis. So if you’re not perfect like I’m not perfect, continue reading on as the wisest person on the earth gave us some instruction as to what we need to do when we encounter areas in life where we’ve blown it. The bible calls it sin which has been defined as active rebellion against God or passive indifference to what He wants for our life. Solomon was talking to God as he began to spell out what our responsibility is when sin enters our life.
“When they (us or others) sin against you (God)—for there is no one who does not sin—and you become angry with them and give them over to their enemies, . . .and 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 captors and say, ‘We have sinned, we have done wrong, we have acted wickedly’; and if they turn back to you with all their heart and soul . . .and pray to you toward the land you gave their ancestors, . . .then from heaven, . . .and forgive your people, who have sinned against you.” 1 Kings 8:46-50 NIV
Solomon stated that there is no one on the face of the earth that doesn’t sin. All of us have blown it in the past and will blow it in the present and future. What do we do when we blow it? Solomon said that we need to repent and tell God that we have done wrong and acted wickedly. Recognition of the sin is the first step in the process of reuniting with the God of the universe. The second step in the process is to turn away from the sin and turn our hearts and souls back to focusing our attention on God. It’s in the confession, repentance, and turning of our hearts that true forgiveness happens.
Solomon recognized that our recognition of our sin is an essential ingredient tin the forgiveness that we seek from our heavenly Father. This journey we are on will involve our coming to grips with attitudes and actions that are displeasing to God. When we become aware of mistakes, take time on the journey to clean up the mistakes and get right with God. This will stop us from making a wrong turn and going too far off the path.