THE LORD CHERISHES HIS CHURCHDavid Wilkerson (1931-2011)March 27, 2019Job asks, “What is man, that You should exalt him, that You should set Your heart on him, that You should visit him every morning, and test him every moment?” (Job 7:17-18, my italics).Hebrews 12:1 tells us that the world is encircled by a cloud of witnesses who are with Christ in glory. What does this great cloud bear witness to — and who is their witness meant for? They speak to our generation, by their lives and their words as recorded in Scripture. I believe they say three things to us:They are witnesses that God’s heart is still set on saving this lost world. God is still at work, pouring out his Spirit on all flesh and moving on men and women in every nation.God’s heart is still set on loving and preserving his church. Even with rampant apostasies and backslidings, the Lord cherishes his Body.God’s heart is still set on every child of his. The Lord will never leave a single servant of his behind. The Scripture tells us, “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers” (1 Peter 3:12).The apostle Peter is among this cloud of witnesses and he understands why God is so patient. He cursed Jesus, swearing he never knew him. Peter would say that God withholds his judgment on this generation, even though there are multitudes still who curse and deny him, just as he did. The apostle Paul is also among this cloud of witnesses and he bears witness to God’s unlimited love. Paul cursed the name of Christ — he was a terrorist, hunting down God’s people and dragging them off to be jailed or killed. But he did it all in ignorance. Paul would say to us that God is being patient with this present generation because there are many who sin in ignorance, just as he did. They have not yet been exposed to the gospel message.How reassuring to know that God’s eyes are ever on us and his heart is set on loving every child of his.