In the movie “Chocolat,” set in a traditional French catholic village in which everything and everybody is under the mayor’s control, a lady “Chocolatier” arrives in town. She opens her chocolate shop and the Mayor opens his crusade against her. He tells the priest she is the enemy and instructs him to preach against her. He was fighting to control his repressed but “perfect” town, but many of the town’s people actually find the chocolatier a friendly confident. Finally one day the Mayor in desperation to rid his town of the evil, decides he will break into the shop and destroy the chocolate. In his mad flurry of destruction, he accidentally tastes a small piece of chocolate. As soon as he tastes it, he falls into eating as much chocolate as he could. In the morning he was caught, embarrassed, humbled and changed! The mayor was over his denial and self-righteous efforts to control the people and now free to explore a new life.
The turning point was the Mayors fall into temptation, where it seems that his failure became his “salvation.” How often has the failure of someone worked a work of grace in a person’s life to such a degree, that their usefulness to man and God is taken to levels which were never possible before their “fall.” God plans for the failure of our self-efforts as much as He plans for our success in Christ. God put Adam into the Garden knowing he would fail but also knowing that it was the way God could reveal His own loving character and introduce Adam to the experience of forgiveness, mercy, and gratitude. Sometimes more is accomplished by our failure than our victory. Pride and self-confidence can be dealt with by God and failure often opens a person up to the possibility of receiving help from others. Peters three denials worked in his life to rid him of his self-confidence and thrust him upon the Lord.
Friends, we all hate to fail, but our failures can give us a better perspective of our weakness and our need to depend on our Fathers grace and that’s the greatest lesson.