Those who worship vain idols forsake their true loyalty. (Jonah 2:8)
For more than a decade, Oprah and others have peddled the sick, spiritual, self-help garbage from the book, The Secret. The premise is that if you focus your thoughts and concentration on what you truly desire, it will be drawn to you. Want a Ferrari? Focus all your attention on it and it will find its way to you. Just make sure it doesn’t hit you on the highway! Desperate people have sucked up this drivel, making it a best seller. Now, it is actually becoming a major motion picture staring Katie Holmes. It is a form of idolatry.
Rather than wait upon God’s blessings and heed God’s calling for your life, The Secret encourages us to put our desires ahead of God. It also tells us that we can be the masters of our own domain, we just need to put our focus on it. It implies that we are our own little divine beings, with this somewhat supernatural ability to control our ability. When you get beyond the shallow dreams of consumer desire, it becomes quite empty. Even if we had this mythological ability, we still would have little control over the things that matter most. The Secret even implies that we could heal ourselves by focusing. This little trick cannot ultimately hold off the inevitable: death.
Today, pray for the wisdom to know your own power, and your own limitations. Call God to free you from the bondage of unhealthy desire. Through prayer, meditate not on what you want, but on what God desires from you. Our task in this life is to honor God and love our neighbor. Darn it, nowhere in the Bible does it call us to focus all our time and attention on driving a Ferrari. Perhaps I’ll save that Ferrari request for when I get to heaven. Lord knows, I can’t afford one on earth. Just kidding. Even if I could afford one, I believe God would have other plans for that money that didn’t include my driving fast and supposedly impressing my neighbors. It ain’t no secret, God expects more from us!