When God Sets His Heart on You Part I in a Series
Job asks, "What is man, that thou [God] shouldest magnify him?
"And that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him?
"And that thou shouldest visit him every morning and try him every moment?" (Job 7:17–18, my italics).
Hebrews 12:1 tells us the world is encircled by a cloud of witnesses who are with Christ in glory.
My question is, what does this great crowd bear witness to?
And who is their witness meant for?
This cloud of witnesses speaks to our generation, by their lives and their words as recorded in scri pture.
I believe they have three things to say to us:
1. They are witnesses that God’s heart is still set on saving this lost world.
There is no record in scri pture of God having forsaken this world.
He is still at work, pouring out his Spirit on all flesh and moving on men and women in every nation.
2. They witness to us that God’s heart is still set on loving and preserving his church.
Even with rampant apostasies and backslidings, the Lord cherishes his body.
3. They witness to us that God’s heart is still set on every child of his.
The Lord will never leave a single servant of his behind, no matter how far that servant may have fallen.
1. What does this multitude of heavenly witnesses have to say to the present wicked world?
We live in a generation which is far more wicked than Noah’s.
What can this cloud of witnesses say to a human race whose sins exceed even that of Sodom?
Our day is one of great prosperity.
Our economy has been blessed, yet our society has become so immoral, violent and anti-God that even secularists bemoan how far we have fallen.
Christians everywhere wonder why God has delayed his judgments on such a wicked society.
They ask, "Lord, how can you allow such reproach to be heaped on your name?
"Your Word is literally being ripped out of our midst.
"How long will it continue?
"And how can you put up with the flood of sexual perversions?
"You destroyed Sodom for far less cause.
"How far will you let it go?"
We who love Christ may not understand why such gross evil is allowed to continue. But the cloud of heavenly witnesses understands. They don’t question the mercy and patience that God has shown.