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While growing up on the farm, my dad would regularly remind me to be cautious in approaching any animal that has young. Whether the mom was a cow, a dog, a pig, a raccoon, a sheep, or almost any other animal - they could be unpredictable when caring for their babies. These mama's, in protecting their young, could cause you significant harm. Today in Proverbs 17:12, the writer writes, "Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, rather than a fool in his folly." (Proverbs 17:12-13)

Meeting a mama bear robbed of her cubs is not a pleasant experience! Few people ever speak of this sort of experience because ... they rarely live to tell about it! A 'fool in his folly' can have the same kind of impact on circumstances and relationships ... destructive. Fools are unwise, unrighteousness, unreliable, unteachable, and more.

Those most needing to clearly discern who is and is not a fool are those looking for a mate, employers and church leaders. Being linked to a fool in any capacity is dangerous! The appropriate approach to a fool is either avoidance, distance or to become one yourself. Only two of the previous options are wise. (And while we are often willing to endure a fool, it's curious that people actually try to protect themselves from bear attacks by posting warning signs, arming themselves and using powerful pepper spray!)

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Jealous of American Idols

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!

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