The prophet Zephaniah declares what will happen if His people choose idols on the Day of the Lord. Why would this prophet, a descendant of the faithful kings Hezekiah and Josiah, speak about God bringing on judgment when all seemed good? The people were experiencing a spiritual revival–why speak of idolatry?
We can make our religion our idol. We can make nature our idol. We can make created things our idol. What idols do we have in our world today? Our self? Our country? Our politics? Our secular thinking? It is because God is loving that He will bring judgment. Our idols separate us from Him. Praise God He has provided a way out!