And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
The centuries-old idea of mindfulness found a place in Western therapeutic practices in the twentieth century as a way to reduce the effects of stress, depression, and anxiety. The idea is by practicing awareness, it creates moments where a person focuses solely on the present. This concept is not new for the Christian. We are to taught to live each day in continual awareness that God is with us and working in our life.
Awareness is behind the idea of Romans 8:28—that God is always at work to accomplish His purposes. The lengthy story of Joseph and his brothers contains many moments where the brothers would have benefitted from stopping and asking, “What is God doing in this situation? What is He showing us? Let’s pause and seek Him before going forward.” Twice Joseph spoke the principle of Romans 8:28. The brothers acted wrongly toward Joseph, yes. But God used it for good in all their lives—ultimately it resulted in the preservation of Jacob’s family (Genesis 45:5-7; 50:19-21).
Live an aware life today. Instead of responding impulsively or reacting intuitively, go more slowly and see what God may be saying.
It is a sin as much to quarrel with God’s providence as to deny his providence. Thomas Watson
Groanings Too Deep for Words (Romans 8:26-28)