Sunday’s Study: Judges 8

Gideon’s story continues with his final battle with the Midianites and his pursuit of kings Zebah and Zalmunna. When he asked the people of Succoth and Peniel for aid and they declined, he promised vindication which he later delivered.

For reasons that are not explained, Gideon melts down some of the plunder from his battles and creates an ephod – an idol. It’s a mystery to me because Gideon is presented as a righteous man, doing right by God and his people. After successfully liberating the Israelites he turns them down when they ask him to become their ruler. “The LORD is your ruler,” he says. Yet he creates an idol which becomes a snare to his family.

Are there idols in your life that snare you and draw you away from wholly worshiping God? Do you let the TV or computer rule your life – taking time away from prayer, worship and study? How about shopping or working?

Where do these activities fit into your life? How you spend your time is a reflection of what you value. None of us is perfect, but we should strive to be who God wants us to be. It takes effort, no doubt, and diligence as we guard against things (and behaviors) that can become a snare for us.

God, help us to keep You as the center of our focus. Protect us from anything and everything that traps us and distracts us. By Your grace,
Amen.

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