In many Prayers and weekly Torah readings, we thank G--d for taking us out of Egypt. But since G--d was the one that put us there, why are we thanking him for taking us out?

I can even make this question a lot more general - G--d knows all and creates all. When things happen it is because G--d made it that way. So why should we be thanking Him for things that are just... reality?

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    Where do you see that we thank God? Mostly, we remember it and acknowledge his power in doing it, but the term "thanks" doesn't spring to mind. – rosends Sep 28 '14 at 0:35

Rabbi Avigdor Miller was once asked a similar question, I heard the tape. 'Why do we thank Hashem for the food he gives us, when He was the one that created us with the propensity to be hungry? And the answer is because if not for being hungry you would never realize what a gracious gift you received with your wellbeing. If you never became hungry, you would never thank Hashem'.

The same is true with your question. Hashem wanted us to appreciate his saving us, the only way possible was to put us in peril first.

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