In 1 Peter 4.12-19 we find encouragement for when we have had ‘a week’, a difficult few days.
The first thing to see here is that we are in this together, as Paul writes to the Corinthians, when one part suffers, we all do (1 Corinthians 12.26). If you have not suffered this week directly, we know you have been praying for, and ministering to, those who have had ‘a week‘.
When we have difficult times, it is still right to glorify God, because He is still good, right?
Regardless of the issues of our day, God is still good, Jesus still died for our sins to open the way to God, and was raised on the third day and now sits at the right hand of the Father, right? Therefore, we can still glorify Him, we can praise our way through problems, not for them, that would be odd, but in them. He is still good, He still deserves our praise.
Choosing to do things like this will help beyond measure when we are suffering; focusing our minds on the timeless truth that God is who He is, Jesus did what He did on that cross, and that the Holy Spirit does what He does in our lives.
This will stop us suffering through suffering, and help us to live the immortal words of the band Journey who said Don’t Stop Believin’.