Then Gideon made it into an ephod and set it up in his city, Ophrah. And all Israel played the harlot with it there. It became a snare to Gideon and to his house. Judges 8:27 New King James Version
After Gideon conquered the oppressors of Israel he took some of the booty and made a monument to his victory instead of using it to give glory to Jehovah. After he died the people worshipped the alter rather than Jehovah.
How many people do that today?
Just look in any town or city and count the monuments to great heroes of any country. How many alters (statutes) are there for great men or women or great victories in battle that give glory to the individual compared to how many there are to Jehovah who inspired and strengthened and assisted in the victory?
Do you take credit for any great victories in your life instead of giving glory than thanks to Jehovah?
An example is: how many alcoholics believe it was of their own willpower that they conquered the demon drink and then one day give in to temptation that leads them to complete ruin?
I have seen a fair amount of it.
Prayer: Jehovah Yahweh (God of His people) I am eternally grateful for the wonderful privilege of worshipping the most magnificent God of all. Thank You Jesus that it was through Your magnanous sacrifice that this is possible. In Your glorious name I give thanks. Amen.
May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love bless you today and every day.