Never judge God to vindicate yourself. Job was a righteous man and God richly blessed him for his faithfulness (Job 1:1-3). However, Job had everything taken from him in a test of his loyalty (Job 1&2). After Job's friends comforted him, they tried persuading hm to repent of his sin so that God's punishment might be removed, because they believe the popular thought that pain is a direct result of wrongdoing. Job testifies repeatedly of his innocence, calling their literal theology of retribution bunk; however, out of ignorance Job questions God's goodness to defend his own. Today when science rules, truth is relative, and morality is seasonal, we blame God when things don't go our way. When natural disasters devastate nations, people call God evil for allowing it to happen. When God's holy standards infringe upon people's desires, they condemn them. When Jesus taught on hell and eternal suffering, they call him unloving. Each time we indirectly state that we define good, that we know whats holy and pure, and that we are more loving than God. When facing pain, we need to look inward instead of judging God.
Brett Yardley: Warrior for Christ. Devoted Husband. Proud Father. Martial Artist. Hopeful Philosopher & Theologian. Aspiring Teacher & Writer.