To Those Who Suffer – 

Understanding God’s Purpose and Pathway through Pain

by Audra Jennings Tuesday, June 08, 2010
We often hold out for God to alleviate our circumstantial suffering or pain. But what about those who suffer and fall between the cracks of conventional Christian teaching? Those that don’t have the luxury of having their horrific circumstances removed or reversed? The Lord will not bring a woman’s husband of fifty years back from the dead or reattach someone’s amputated limbs. Does this mean that these people have no hope? There is a solution that doesn’t depend on the transformation or relief of our circumstances.

In his book To Those Who Suffer, author Sean Nolan says, “You'll find the Lord's hope is not found primarily in physical actions of change but in the actions of Christ on the cross, and that seemingly hopeless circumstances can give birth to the most powerful victory and wonderful blessing!” To Those Who Suffer tells that the Lord is not 'short changing' you by allowing pain and suffering in your life, and that the most wonderful thing that He brings to pass is the process of being conformed into the image of His Son-not the protection of His children for their personal pleasure. If Christ had his circumstantial pain immediately alleviated, the greatest gift and most wonderful thing that the world has ever seen would not have come to pass.

Sean Nolan is an ordained minister of Glorious Hope Baptist Church in western Sydney, which reaches out to some of the most marginalized members of the community. Sean also works as a Christian political consultant and has spoken at Federal and State Parliament. Sean enjoys rugby, cricket and sci-fi and has a passion for people in pain. Sean completed his studies in Theology at Emmaus Bible College - Sydney.


Audra Jennings is Senior Media Specialist at The B & B Media Group. Since 1987, The B & B Media Group, Inc. has used its broadcasting, marketing and advertising experience to provide the specialized and strategic publicity necessary to achieve the public relations goals of each client. The Barnabas Agency, a division of The B & B Media Group, Inc., is a proven provider of exceptional public relations and personal management services for authors, speakers, ministries and organizations.

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