Before we had a being in the world, we had a being in His heart. When we were enemies to Him, He knew us, our misery, our madness, and our wickedness. When we wept bitterly in despairing repentance and viewed Him only as a judge and a ruler, He viewed us as His brethren well-beloved and His bowels yearned towards us. He never mistook His chosen, but always beheld them as objects of His infinite affection. “The Lord knows those who are His” is as true of the prodigals who are feeding swine as of the children who sit at the table. – Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892), from a meditation on Genesis 42.8.