Let’s explore how AWESOME God is by OBSESSION!
A – Through Adoration
W – In Wonder
E – With Energy and Expectation
S – In Simplicity
O – By Obsession
M – Through Meditating on Him
E – With Excitement Everyday
Normally, obsession comes with some creepy thoughts! In fact in the medical dictionary it is beyond creepy – it is unwanted. There it’s defined as a persistent unwanted idea or impulse that cannot be eliminated by reasoning. (I like the last part of that) The medical field goes on to say obsession is a compulsive preoccupation with unreasonable ideas or emotions and is often accompanied by symptoms of anxiety. That just sounds miserable doesn’t it? If you’re the object of someone’s medically defined obsession I imagine that would be downright daunting!
But outside the medical field, obsession can take on a much more positive connotation! Obsession means to be fixated and fascinated by “some” thing! I like that definition especially when I think and talk about being obsessed with God. We can even add a little of the medical definition here; “it cannot be eliminated by reasoning” because our fascination with God CANNOT be done away with by logic or reasoning; nor would we want it to!
When we’re obsessed with God, fascinated by Him, fixated on Him, when we simply cannot get Him out of our head, when we’re preoccupied with Him, we cannot help but be overwhelmed by His awesomeness! It’s an amazing thing! In fact, the exact opposite thing happens when we’re obsessed with God than with worldly objects or people. Whereas worldly obsession brings anxiety, Godly obsession makes all anxiety stop! Whereas worldly obsession is based on unreasonable ideas or emotions, Godly obsession is founded on visions, dreams, extravagant ideas, and emotions that can’t be contained… but then again…why would we want to restrain them? Whereas worldly obsessions are things we might want to eliminate, Godly obsession is something we want to perpetuate.
I suppose in the world, we are considered “victims” of our obsessions, at least until we learn how to live with them or get rid of them. But a victim is somebody who is hurt or harmed in some way, and it intimates helplessness in freeing oneself from whatever or whoever is holding them back.
Lovers of God are not victims! Being obsessed with God doesn’t hurt or harm us and we are free to dive in with Him as deep as we want to go! If obsession in the world makes us victims, obsession with God makes us thrivers! If obsession in the world causes us to be overcome by the world, obsession with God makes us overcomers! Obsession with God causes us to triumph over all the things trying to obsess us because when we get lost in His awesomeness, anything outside of it is obliterated!
We get this holy obsession by looking up, fixating our hearts, minds, souls, and spirits on Jesus, the lover of our souls! Psalm 121:1-2 “I will lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” We don’t look for help from the world and we don’t look for how God is going to use things in the world to help us (though He might do that). We look only to God! We fixate, fascinate, and focus on the Lord who made all things! This naturally leads to a greater obsession to look and see God every day!
Deuteronomy 10:21 “He is your praise, and He is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things which your eyes have seen.” Jesus is everything to us! He is the object, the person, the God of our obsession! Just look and our eyes will see! The more we look the more we’ll obsess over His awesomeness. The more we obsess, the more we’ll talk about Him; the more we’ll declare how awesome He is over ourselves, over our families, our homes, workplaces, and churches; over all the earth! Psalm 47:2 “For the Lord Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth.”
Finally, the more we look up, the more we trust God for our help, the more we look and see, the more we talk about Him, the more we declare Him, the more we’ll want others to be obsessed with Him as well. We’ll tell people about our awesome God; we’ll tell them what He does, who He is, how He works in our lives, and how He wants to work in their lives! Psalm 66:5 “Come and see the works of God; He is awesome in his doing toward the sons of men.”
Hey! Don’t be creeped out by the thought of being obsessed with God! You don’t have to understand it, reason through it and you certainly don’t want to eliminate it! My suggestion is to simply enjoy your holy obsession with a holy God today!