Calvin and Hobbes are relaxing on a hillside, and out of the blue, Hobbes asks probably the most important question ever.
Calvin thinks a moment and then comes up with a totally unique bit of apologetics.
Believe it or not, Calvin is right. God IS out to get him. And he's out to get each of US, too.
No, not in the way Calvin is thinking about it. God is not the Great Cosmic Killjoy chasing us down to inflict wrath on anyone who dares to step out of line...or color outside the lines. But he IS pursuing us with a heart full of lavish love and amazing grace. "Not wanting anyone to perish." (2nd Peter 3:9)
Borrowing from an 1890 poem by Francis Thompson, Yahweh has been called "The Hound of Heaven" because of his relentless pursuit of those he loves...in other words, us. And make no mistake about it, none of us can hide from him for long.
"Can anyone hide from me in a secret place? Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?” says the Lord. (Jeremiah 23:24 NLT)
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Truth is...The prime example of God being out to get us is that he left the glory of heaven to become a man, perfectly live his life, then die to pay the debt for us NOT perfectly living ours.