Today's encouragement comes from Genesis 44:30b, which says this:
" . . . Since his life is bound up in the lad’s life . . . "
The reference (above) is Jacob's life being entwined around and in his young-est son's (Benjamin's) life. Let us legitimately extrapolate a bit, and note that Christ's life is bound up with that of His redeemed church (collectively), and with every individual saint within it (individually).
This is how close God is to those who are saved by grace through faith in Christ alone: what happens to them means *everything* to Him. The redeem-ed church is the "apple of God's eye"; therefore, let us be ever-mindful of how much the Lord loves us who truly are His, and takes to heart what happens to us.
[Puritan quote of the day: "[God] will outwit the most subtle and overthrow the most stubborn hypocrite on earth.” —Richard Steele, in, "The Character of an Upright Man"]