Viewing Sickness Biblically: Making Sense of Seemingly Senseless Sickness

Joseph Whiting

Free Grace Press

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What if nearly everything you think you know about sickness is wrong?

Much of our understanding of sickness has been shaped by our self-obsessed Western culture. We see it as an enemy to be avoided or as a punishment meted out by an angry or indifferent God. We are told God has promised us lives free from disease and suffering, and when it seems those promises fail, we are left wondering how a God of love could be glorified in our own illness or in the sickness of someone we love.

In Viewing Sickness Biblically, Joseph Whiting draws from the wellspring of Scripture, seasoned with personal experience, to address these questions every Christian must grapple with and help show the path to a more biblical understanding of the cause, purpose, and benefits of sickness.

Through what lens ought we see sickness, death, and the God who is in charge of it all?

The correct answer is sure to bring much glory to God and comfort to our souls.


Christian hope encompasses that future day when sickness and suffering will be no more because the curse and presence of sin—which Christ bore for us—will be no more (Matt. 8:14–17; Isa. 53:4; Gal. 3:13), for “the first things have passed away” (Rev. 21:4). This day is coming but is not yet here; it is the day we long for when we will know the fullness of salvation in Christ. Until that day, sin, suffering, and sickness are both a part of a groaning creation (Rom. 8:19–25) and a means through which God works His sanctifying grace, molding us into the image of Christ (Rom. 5:1–5; James 1:2–4).

  • Paperback
  • 128 pages
  • July 29, 2021
  •   9781952599354