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From the archives of Evelyn Roberts

Many people say or believe that problems only come to a man or woman if they are out of the will of God. I don’t believe that for one minute. Some of the worst problems that have come in our personal lives have come when we were right in the center of the will of God.

Problems come. That’s just a fact of life. Jesus said that in this world we would have tribulation — or troubles. (See John 16:33.) That doesn’t mean that we go looking for trouble — it means that tribulation comes to each of us at some point in our lives. It’s the devil’s business to send problems our way.

The important thing is what we do when trouble comes.

King David was right in the center of God’s will when his wives and children were kidnapped, along with all the wives and children of the men who were with him. What did David do when this tragedy struck? He cried until he had no more tears and then the Bible says, “David encouraged himself in the Lord his God” (1Samuel 30:6).

How do we encourage ourselves in the Lord?

First, we get our eyes on Jesus and off the problem. We start praising Jesus with song and in words. We sit down with our Bibles and read again the miracles of Jesus and the words of Jesus — and we speak the Word aloud so we’ll hear it with our own spirit. We build ourselves up in the Lord.

Are you struggling today with a problem that seems to have struck you down? Make time in your schedule today to “encourage yourself in the Lord!”