Law of Attraction: The Universe v. Jah

A professional Virtual Assistance organization of which I’m a former member promotes the belief and practice of the “Law of Attraction” (LOA). Simply put, this is the idea that “like attracts like.”  That is, if you emit positive vibes, positive things will happen; if you’re negative, you’ll attract negative results.

Whether or not you’re into metaphysics, you probably agree that, just as the world is governed by physical laws, there are less tangible principles at work in our world as well. These aren’t so readily measured and quantified, but they’re widely recognized and often expressed in such time-honored homilies as: what goes around, comes around; beauty is as beauty does; there’s no great loss without some gain; the bigger they are, the harder they fall.

Having observed one of these natural principles at work, proponents of the LOA created a cult around it.

Honestly, it’s pretty appealing. Moreover, there’s a certain amount of validity to it; we’ve all seen it in action to one degree or another. For that reason, some of my VA friends might look at my recent three-book publishing contract as evidence of the “law’s” effectiveness. Didn’t I just clear a spot in my life for this (as evidenced in my post of January 4), deliberately focusing my attention on writing? Wasn’t that attitude and determination the catalyst that drew the contract to me?

There are a whole lot of reasons, both logical and scriptural, why I disagree with this interpretation. But since I’ve got the aforementioned publishing contract to fulfill and don’t have time to write volumes on the subject, I’ll cut to the chase.

The Bible speaks of this same principle in familiar, picturesque terms in Galatians 6:7: you sow what you reap. But the first part of that verse puts the issue in its proper perspective: Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Though we’d like to think we’re masters of our own destinies, we’re not. This is obvious to anyone on his or her deathbed.

I should be less concerned about what I want than with what He knows is best. Jehovah God is bigger than my dreams and goals. He moves heaven and earth to accomplish His perfect purposes, not mine. If I want to submit myself to His authority, that’s my choice. It pleases Him when I do, but it doesn’t diminish Him if I don’t.

The Law of Attraction might at first seem to get you what you want; but follow it to its logical conclusion, and it leads to chaos.

When you delight in the Lord God, however, He gives you the desires of your heart.

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