He is referring to the court that exiled him to Aberdeen.
Because of his unjust sentence of exile, Rutherford felt that
the Lord might be treating him unkindly.
In other words, Christ's promises are to be believed, even when
his providences seem to be opposite to them.
Reminiscent of Whitefield's last birthday resolution: "I
will begin to begin to be a Christian."
He will not lend the world his affections, nor borrow any of
Lord's Days without preaching.
The ascendancy of the pro-English and episcopal party had upset
the Scottish social structure.
"Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but
one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching
forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal
for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
"For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is
destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with
hands, eternal in the heavens." 2 Cor 5:1