“At the command of the LORD the children of Israel would journey, and at the command of the LORD they would camp; as long as the cloud stayed above the tabernacle they remained encamped. Even when the cloud continued long, many days above the tabernacle, the children of Israel kept the charge of the LORD and did not journey.” Numbers 9:18-19
Thus it should be with the spiritual Israelite; they ought not to undertake anything from their own will, lest confusion and disappointment should encompass every path. The unconverted are full of their own will; how should they succeed? They are bewildered here, and run into perdition eternally.
Sometimes the faithful may, with a good design when they are engaged in a good work, hurry forward without sufficient indications of the Divine will. Herein they are reproved by the ancient Israelites, who journeyed not though the cloud tarried many days, and they might imagine they were losing time on their journey.
O my God! Grant that in all things, even in my best works, I may be guided by Your eye and wait for Your counsel with a resigned temper.
May I speak or be silent, work or rest, when and as You will. Then shall my ways be truly blessed. Give me the grace of patience and teach me quietly to acquiesce in Your sovereign will. Be this my daily prayer: “Your will be done.”
My God! The steps of pious men
Are ordered by Your will;
Though they should fall, they rise again;
Your hand supports them still.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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