“After Hezekiah received the letter and read it, he went up to the Temple and spread it out before the Lord.” — Isa 37:14
That was Hezekiah’s way of laying his troubles in the Lord’s hands. He could not do anything, and so he gave the matter to God. We all have our cares. Sometimes it is a business perplexity, sometimes it is a temptation; or it may be a combination of circumstances that seems about to crush us.
What is our duty? what is our privilege? We may take the matter directly to God! We may cast the burden upon him. That is what Paul tells us to do with all our anxieties; and he says the peace of God shall then guard our heart and thoughts in Christ Jesus.
Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin?
The blood of Jesus whispers peace within.
Peace, perfect peace, by thronging duties pressed?
To do the will of Jesus, this is rest.
Peace, perfect peace, with sorrows surging ‘round?
On Jesus’ bosom, naught but calm is found.
Peace, perfect peace, with loved ones far away?
In Jesus’ keeping, we are safe and they.
Peace, perfect peace, death shadowing us and ours?
Jesus has vanquished death and all its powers.
It is enough; earth’s struggles soon shall cease,
And Jesus calls us to heaven’s perfect peace.
– Edward Bickersteth