When Trouble ComesBy: Philip Graham Ryken
What will you do when trouble comes?
It’s not a question of if, but when—at some point, everyone faces grief, pain, broken relationships, sin, or persecution. What hope do we have? Sharing honestly from his own life and looking at stories of men and women in the Bible who experienced many kinds of trouble, Phil Ryken offers hope from Scripture aimed at reminding us that we’re never alone in our pain. Though hardships and trials will come, God is our very present help in times of trouble.
Table of Contents
Prologue: Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen (Psalm 37:39–40)
- "Woe Is Me!": Isaiah's Sin and Guilt (Isaiah 6:1–8)
- "I’ve Had Enough": Elijah's Desperate Depression (1 Kings 19:1–18)
- "Where You Die I Will Die": Ruth's Grief and Poverty (Ruth 1:1–18)
- "You Are the Man!": David's Deadly Temptation (2 Samuel 11:1–5; 12:1–15)
- "Cursed Be the Day I Was Born!": Jeremiah's Disheartening Persecution (Jeremiah 20:1–18)
- "A Sword Will Pierce Your Own Soul Too": Mary's Troubled Soul (Luke 1:26–38; 2:22–35)
- "Now Is My Soul Troubled": The Savior's Suffering unto Death (John 12:20–33)
- "We Are Afflicted in Every Way": Paul's Light and Momentary Troubles (2 Corinthians 4:7–18)
Epilogue: Here Comes Trouble! (John 16:25–33)