Pain is the soil where the deepest kind of faith in God grows. Pain is the context for maturing our love for God, so we can love God foremost. As offensive as that seems from the vantage point of fear, it squares with the logic of faith.
But still, our complaints spew up. Still we feel so angry about the people who are suffering unjustly. Why doesn't God just make things better?
Strikingly, no one seems to complain that God has set before us many opportunities to idolize ourselves. I have never heard anyone saying how irksome it is to be given the freedom to indulge the self in pleasure and self-exaltation - to overeat, to boast, to gossip, to get drunk. Nobody shouts at God for allowing them to sin in their favorite ways.
Hypocricially, however, we do complain sorely at the top of our lungs about the sins and evil of others who are hurting us. Thus, we question God's character right when we are thinking of ourselves.
Relevant Magazine, Fall 2011 issue
Where is God in Tragedy?