Discontinued

by DiAnn Mills

Last Friday evening, dear friends invited my husband and me to dinner. We had a great time; we always do. The food and conversation lasted long into the evening.

I complimented the hostess on her beautiful dishes. She told me the pattern was called Rosenthal and the collection came from Germany. Her mother had given them to her, but one plate had been broken, and, unfortunately, the pattern had been discontinued and could not be replaced. While I was admiring the various fragile pieces, the word “discontinued” stayed fixed in my mind.

How sad when the pressures of life cause us to label our faith as discontinued. Other descriptors crossed my mind like antiquated, obsolete, unnecessary, and joke. Those words dishonor our faith and cut to my heart, profaning the precious blood of Jesus shed on the cross for our sins. Imagine how God feels when we replace His Truth with an ungodly worldview.

Let’s be honest and admit that sometimes, when we encounter insurmountable problems and face brokenness, we don’t believe God can or will respond to our needs. When we fail to embrace His ways and look to the world for a better solution, we are turning our backs on the only true solution. The world offers merely a shoddy substitution to the wisdom of God.

My dear sisters, I encourage you to trust our God who holds us securely in the palm of His hand. His ways are true power, not discontinued, antiquated, obsolete, unnecessary, or a joke. His mercies “are new every morning” (Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV), and He longs for the world’s inhabitants to have faith in His Word.

The Bible tells us God hears our prayers and cares about our trials and misfortunes. He always answers our prayers, and while we wait, His love comforts and strengthens us. He doesn’t discontinue us. Neither do we want to exchange our faith for something the world has to offer. So, don’t let the trials of today discontinue your faith. God is in the business of continuing His love and provision.

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 5:6-11 ESV

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About the author: DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She creates action-packed, suspense-filled novels to thrill readers. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. DiAnn teaches writing all over the country. Connect here: http://www.DiAnnMills.com

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