http://www.mclaurinbaptist.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/failurepic.png 443 765 Mclaurin Church http://nychehost.com/mclaurinbaptistchurch/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/ogo.jpg Mclaurin Church2017-04-26 00:01:132017-04-25 20:35:17Blog #26: Learning from failure
By John Cline
If you have not failed in your life you are the only person, other than Jesus Christ, to have done so. Failing at something – school, work, finances, family or friend relationships, not meeting your goals – is a part of life. Unfortunately, failure is a very normal part of life. The question is, “how should we approach our times of failing”?
Consider the apostle Simon Peter. Jesus had predicted that Peter would deny knowing him, even though Peter had bragged that he would never do so. In response, Jesus said to him, “oh, yes, you will Peter. In fact you will deny knowing me – three times! – before the rooster crows!” Peter argued with Jesus, but then when what Jesus had predicted did, in fact, take place, following Jesus’ arrest, we read in the Gospel of Luke that, upon hearing the rooster crow for the third time, Jesus looked across the courtyard where he was being held and he looked directly at Simon Peter, looking him right in the eyes (Luke 22:62). Peter broke down and left the courtyard, weeping.
About this topic, Dr. Charles Stanley recently wrote, “The disciple Peter was a man of great faith and bold action. But as readers of the New Testament know, his brash style sometimes led him to make humiliating mistakes. More than once, this disciple had to wear the label of “miserable failure” rather than that of “obedient servant.”
We can all relate when it comes to falling short of expectations. Obedience to God is a learning process, and failure is a part of our development as humble servants. When we yield to temptation or rebel against God’s authority, we realize that sin has few rewards, and even those are fleeting.
Failure is an excellent learning tool, as Peter could certainly attest. Through trial and error, he discovered that humility is required of believers (John 13:5-14); that God’s ways are higher than the world’s ways (Mark 8:33); and that one should never take his eyes off Jesus (Matt. 14:30). He took each of those lessons to heart and thereby grew stronger in his faith. Isn’t that Romans 8:28 in action? God caused Peter’s failures to be put to good use as training material because the disciple was eager to mature and serve. God doesn’t reward rebellion or wrongdoing. However, by His grace, He blesses those who choose repentance and embrace chastisement as a tool for growth.
We would probably all prefer to grow in our faith without ever making a mistake before God’s eyes, but we cannot deny that missteps are instructive. Failure teaches believers that it is much wiser and more profitable to be obedient to the Lord. That’s a lesson we all should take to heart.