Human beings have an uncanny ability to justify the stupid things they do and then blame the results on God.
This tendency first appeared in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve disobeyed God and, when challenged with their disobedience, took the opportunity to blame something external and in doing so, blame God. Adam said that it was the woman who God put in the garden that was the problem. Eve said it was the snake that God let into the garden that was the problem.
Both of them found something outside of themselves to blame for why everything had gone wrong, and yet, ironically, it was what had happened inside of them that was the real problem. The problem was that they had begun worshipping themselves, and their once pure heart had become twisted by pride. They were now in a place where they were not pure anymore and they felt pressure that they needed to be. They needed a scapegoat, and who better to blame than God?
Even if you don’t believe in the Garden of Eden you can see this mechanism operating in yourself and others.
Insurance agencies have adopted this mechanism in their policies when they call certain events an ‘act of God’. Isn’t it is strange how we always blame God for the bad things that happen: the cyclones, storms, floods, earthquakes, and never the good things? I hear you say, ‘But we have no control over the weather!’ and you are right; but don’t we blame God for the smaller issues of our life too?
Don’t you think it is strange how we spend a lot of time in our lives ignoring God and then when things start to breakdown we blame him or think he is angry with us? Why blame him when many of the problems we face are the consequences of our own actions? We all look for ways to justify ourselves because at heart we are all proud, self-worshippers. We take the credit for the good things that happen, as though we had something to do with it, and then we blame Him for the bad stuff that happens. This is the inverse of what happened on the cross when Jesus was crucified: he wore our badness and offered his goodness to us to wear.
You don’t need to steal His goodness; you just need to receive it.