Want What God Wants

Do not want anything but what God wants.  Who, then, will be able to hinder you, will be able to force you do anything more than anyone can hinder or force God?
                                       - Epictetus, Discourses 2:17

     Epictetus, a former slave, knew only too well what it means to be hindered in his own will and to be forced against his own will.  Life itself surely confirmed for him the truths of his own stoic teachings - that there are things within our control and things not within our control, and that, essentially, the only thing within our control is our own moral purpose. In that we can exercise complete and autonomous freedom, unhindered and unforced by anyone, even our master - and so in this we should posit our happiness.  
     As for the rest, those things outside the sphere of our moral purpose, they are not our own; they are things indifferent.  Yet even in these "things indifferent" - for Epictetus and for the pious Stoic - one can be still be unhindered and unforced, exercising some level of autonomy and freedom.  All that occurs in the universe conforms to the will of the very Universe Itself, of God, of Nature.  And Providence can neither be hindered or forced.  The pious man, then, who aligns his own will to the will of God can likewise never be hampered in his own will or compelled against his own will.  
     We will always get what we want when we want to happen whatever does happen.