You should know, that that which God gives to those men who seek to do His will
with all their might, is the best. Of this thou mayest be as sure, as thou art
sure that God lives, that the very best must necessarily be, and that in no
other way could anything better happen. Even if something else seems better, it
would not be so good for thee, for God wills this and not another way, and this
way must be the best for thee. Whether it be sickness or poverty or hunger or
thirst, or whatever it be, that God hangs over thee or does not hang over
thee--whatever God gives or gives not, that is all what is best for thee;
whether it be devotion or inwardness, or the lack of these which grieves
thee--only set thyself right in this, that thou desirest the glory of God in all
things, and then whatever He does to thee, that is the best.
Now thou mayest perchance say: How can I tell whether it is the will of God or
not? If it were not the will of God, it would not happen. Thou couldst have
neither sickness nor anything else unless God willed it. But know that it is
God's will that thou shouldst have so much pleasure and satisfaction therein,
that thou shouldst feel no pain as pain; thou shouldst take it from God as the
very best thing, for it must of necessity be the very best thing for thee.
Therefore I may even wish for it and desire it, and nothing would become me
better than so to do.