“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful men, the lust of the eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world.” 1 John 2:15-16 (NIV)
We are a culture of obsessive personalities, and—I confess—I am an example. An obsession is a pursuit outside of life’s necessities that devour one’s time and resources, as well as mental and physical energies. By definition, the poor, hard-working farmer is practical if he spends his entire day tending his crops, while the person who puts food in their stomach morning, noon and night is obsessive–and probably also obese. The fisherman who rises early to set out to sea may be going to work, but the sport’s fisherman casting for the big one so he can boast of a prized catch has an obsession.
In the so-called rich nations of the world, like the U.S., an abundance of leisure time and discretionary wealth means we have almost as many cravings and manic desires as we have people. There’s also a publication, an entertainment industry or a TV show for nearly each obsession. That way we can always find a way to feast on the object of our lust.
As I alluded to, I, myself, and others with whom I enjoy great fellowship, are obsessed, but it is on God’s Word. We crave to grasp more of Bible prophecy. Call this a “magnificent” obsession since our hunger for truth will bring salvation to believers in the last days. We’ve obsessed on a host of other things, but our lives, time and resources are now dedicated to accurately declaring what the Lord said in Scripture, before it happens! In our estimation, all other unnecessary pursuits are meaningless, a mere chasing after the wind.