God is not like you and me. He created the world and we are at His mercy. Instead of lording that over us, He allows us to live freely. Although He has the power and right to do whatever He wants, He is patiently looking after His creation for good. His benevolence is often taken for granted and we treat Him like He is the creation. We think that we are in control and know what is best, but that just makes Him annoyed with us. This is not a new phenomenon but one that has been going on for a long time. Let's look at a couple of examples from thousands of years ago. It is true that somethings just don't change.
Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delights in them (Mal. 2:17).
Often we try to find an excuse for someones behaviour, and say that they are not to blame for their behaviour. We believe that humans are basically good and everybody is going to Heaven. Only when it hits close to home do we call people evil. The truth is that people who do evil are in serious trouble and will eventually suffer the consequences if they do not repent of their actions. Even someone who calls themselves a Christian should be fearful if they are doing evil.
Where is the God of justice (Mal. 2:17)?
Sound familiar? Why is there so much evil in the world if God is good? This accusation is nothing new and God was already tired of it thousands of years ago. It is very difficult for humans to determine if justice is actually being done on the earth. Giving someone the death penalty for killing 10 people hardly seems like justice. How could the murderer in this situation receive true justice? Even if you killed him 10 times it would not change the impact on the victims families. Do we even know how to be just ourselves? If there is no God, there is no justice. But since there is a God, there is justice, because He can judge even after someone dies. Also, it seems a little high-handed to accuse God of not being just when we don't know how to be just ourselves. The problem is that we don't even really understand what true justice is, which is why we should just keep our mouths shut about it, and let Him take care of it.
Even though God is tired of the pot calling the kettle black, He is patient with us giving us time to have faith in Jesus. However, judgment is going to come, and all those who do evil will receive justice.
But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap... Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the LORD of hosts (Mal. 3:2-5).