While the television show, 'American Idol,' is no longer at the top of the charts, American idols are still quite popular. Today's OT reading (1 Kings 15:25-17:24) reveals something significant about God's character....He is a jealous God! In fact, He says about Himself in Ex. 20:4-5, “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God...”
God tells Jeroboam, "(You) have made for yourself other gods and molten images to provoke me to anger, and have cast me behind your back..." (14:9). So God judged Jeroboam and made 'a clean sweep' of his family. And of Judah the text says, "...they provoked Him to jealousy more than all that their fathers had done." (14:22) The same verdict is pronounced on Baasha (16:7) and Elah (16:13) and Omri (16:26) and then of Ahab it was said, "Ahab did more to provoke the Lord God of Israel than all the kings of Israel who were before him." (16:33)
What are the idols in my life that 'provoke the Lord to anger'?! Could it be fame, jewelry, a vehicle, a home, power, a bank account, a job, a relationship, a.......??? Is there an idol sitting in the center of your heart which you worship? Beware: it is a dangerous substitution. God knows what I need and what is best for me and, my jealous God, wants and deserves my total worship!