Suffering: Discerning God’s Purposes for Pain


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Suffering is all around us, yet when our counselees experience it personally, it can come as a surprise. Part of the problem is that many counselees have unbiblical expectations for this life. Yet God in His goodness has told us repeatedly that suffering is a normal part of the believer’s life. In this booklet, explore God’s truth on the difficult subject of suffering. Examine the history of suffering in the world, God’s purposes in the midst of our suffering, and how to respond faithfully to the trials we face in life.
Cheryl Bell is an Adjunct Professor of Biblical Counseling and Women’s Studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and an Adjunct Professor of Biblical Counseling at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.