God created the world “very good”. In the Garden of Eden there was nothing wrong and nothing bad. Nobody sinned, nobody suffered, nobody hurt, nobody hated. There was no trouble of any kind. It is the obvious evidence that everything good in this life comes from a very good God (Ps 119:68).

Then, with the Tempter’s half-truths and empty promises, Eve, and then Adam disobeyed God, and since then that “very good” world had become very bad. Now everything is tainted by sin. We sin, others sin. We suffer, and cause others to suffer. Daily life has become the obvious evidence that everything bad in this life is because of people’s sinfulness (Rom 5:12).

It is no secret to say that the only way to get into trouble is through sin—your own sin, or the sins of others. Anger, selfishness, bitterness, evil thoughts, self-pity, unbelief, disobedience, hatred and the like are all the entrance ways into trouble of every kind. Sin is the entry way into every trouble.

Since sin is the only way into trouble, the way out of every trouble is rather obvious—repentance for the forgiveness of sin. Then even when others sin against us and cause us all kinds of trouble, we are at least not adding our own mounds of trouble to our sin-affected lives. Sadly though, we rarely consider “repentance for the forgiveness of sin” the way out of trouble. Instead, we respond to the trouble-causing sin of others with trouble-causing sin ourselves. On top of that, we add countless sins all by ourselves. No wonder we experience so much trouble in this life.

The way out of trouble is repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:9

Be in a habit of sinning, and you will keep paving the way into trouble. Be in a habit of confessing sin, and God will keep paving the way out of trouble. He will cleanse you from all your sins, and He will also enable you endure the trouble caused by others’ sins (1 Cor 10:13).