Hoarders is a television show that depicts people who have a compulsion to save certain objects with sentimental value. Oftentimes this obsession becomes so overwhelming that they need someone to intervene and help them to clean up what they have accumulated. Often their obsession to hoard progresses to the point of debilitation.
The Bible tells the story of Israel’s first king: Saul. He led the nation in humility and effectiveness for a while but soon his disobedience caused the Lord to reject him. God had chosen a new king to lead his people: David. David was to be the next king because he was a man described as being, “after the Lord’s own heart”. However King Saul was not about to step aside and let David take the throne even though he knew that God’s favor had departed from him. Saul was obsessed with killing David. Several times he tried to throw a spear at David. He even ordered Jonathan, his son to kill him. He pursued David in the woods, in the school of the prophets, and in the home of Samuel. Saul was so enmeshed in the grip of his perilous pursuit of David he had the priests of the Lord killed and a whole city annihilated because of his jealous rage. Saul had let this obsession to kill
David rule his life so much that he ignored his kingly responsibilities. He was on one of these mad pursuits when a messenger came to him and said: “…Hurry and come, for the Philistines have invaded the land!” (1 Samuel 23:27). In his perilous pursuit of David, Saul had ignored his job of ruling the nation and protecting the people.
Do you have an obsession that is overcoming your life to the point that you are ignoring your main responsibilities? Is it renting space in your head and sapping your physical and emotional energies? Does it steal away your passion for what really is important? Perhaps a sinful addiction, an obsessive habit or even a time-consuming hobby has become a perilous pursuit in your life. Don’t you think it is time to stop pursuing David and turn around and look at what really needs to be done? The Philistines may be invading the land.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation