“Gideon made a sacred ephod from the gold and put it in Ophrah, his hometown. But soon all the Israelites prostituted themselves by worshiping it, and it became a trap for Gideon and his family.”
Judges 8:27 (NLT)
What was a great political victory ended up being a Spiritual defeat. The Israelites had done evil in Gods sight so He allowed the Midianites to take over their land and persecute them. An angel of God came to Gideon and told him that he was chosen by God to lead his people to victory over the Midianites. However, Gideon doubted the Angel and three different times he asked God for a sign in order to know if what he heard was true. It was a sort of divination like the casting of lots. This kind of testing God comes close to superstition. Soon the objects become sacred like magical bones or cards that we see in so many mystical practices. God warns about such practices. He does not allow idolatry nor does He want us to put magical powers in objects of chance. But that is what Gideon did. Here God led Gideon into battle and against all odds Gideon and the chosen 300 soldiers defeated a vast army. And Gideon knew it was God. God talked directly to him, yet after such a victory he took gold and made an Ephod. It was a vest worn by someone who was going to “divine” God’s will by casting bones or looking for signs. And the result was, instead of God getting praise and worship, people worshiped the Ephod. They relegated God’s mighty love, grace and power to a magical vest! What do we worship? What superstitions do we allow to creep into our life? What “magical” behavior must we perform in order to receive God’s grace? Today, worship God alone. He alone is the giver of love, grace, forgiveness and mercy. He alone deserves our praise and adoration. Worship Him– we need nothing else.
Lord, so often I am so desperate for a sign I take my eyes off of You. Forgive me. You alone are worthy of all my praise and worship. You alone are all power, love and forgiveness. I worship You.
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