“He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.”—Psalm 91:2
Angels, cherubim, and seraphim bow in holy reverence before God. “Ten thousand times ten thousand and thousands of thousands” of angels are round about the throne, and are sent to minister to those who shall be heirs of salvation. The ruling principles of God’s throne are justice and mercy. It is called the throne of grace. Would you have divine enlightenment?—Go to the throne of grace. You will be answered from the mercy seat. A covenant has been entered into by the Father and by the Son to save the world through Christ…. The rainbow above the throne is a token that God through Christ binds Himself to save all who believe in Him. The covenant is as sure as the throne, and His throne is established in righteousness. Then why are we so unbelieving, so distrustful? Why doubt so frequently, and trust God so fitfully? Whenever we come to the throne of God to ask His mercy, we may look up, and behold the rainbow of promise, and find in it assurance that our prayers shall be answered.
But let no one flatter himself that he may transgress the commandments, and yet receive the favor of God. In the government of God, justice and grace stand side by side. The law cannot be transgressed with impunity. Justice and judgment are the habitation of His throne. In Christ mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Christ Himself gave the law from Mount Sinai, and He has not lessened a jot or tittle of its claims. He has given His own life to atone for humanity’s transgression of the law, and to enable them to obey its precepts….
Christ knows the sinner’s trials; He knows His temptations. He has taken upon Himself our nature; He was tempted in all points like as we are, and He knows how to succor those who are tempted. He has wept, and He knows our sorrows; He has experienced all our griefs. To all who believe and trust in Him, He will be a hiding-place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest. As a man, Christ ascended to heaven. As a man, He is the substitute for humanity. As a man, He liveth to make intercession for us. He is preparing a place for all who love Him.—The Signs of the Times, October 10, 1892.
Further Reflection: If Jesus is touched by my sorrows and pains and offers me a shelter from the tempest, how can I offer this Shelter to someone who needs it today?