And Gideon said unto them, I would desire a request of you, that ye would give me every man the earrings of his prey. (For they had golden earrings, because they were Ishmaelites.) And they answered, We will willingly give them. And they spread a garment, and did cast therein every man the earrings of his prey. And the weight of the golden earrings that he requested was a thousand and seven hundred shekels of gold; beside ornaments, and collars, and purple raiment that was on the kings of Midian, and beside the chains that were about their camels' necks. And Gideon made an ephod thereof, and put it in his city, even in Ophrah: and all Israel went thither a whoring after it: which thing became a snare unto Gideon, and to his house. (Judges 8:24-27)
Today’s Morsel: One of the things about position is if we are not careful it can ensnare us and our house. We see this with King David. God worked a great victory for Israel through Gideon. But we also see that in the end, by all account, he used his position to attain wealth. And he took that wealth and made an image that became a snare to him and his house because others wanted it. What do you have in your house that is a snare to you and your family? Is it television? Is it the internet? Is it toys? Is it an iPad or some other gadget? Is it a hidden secret that you think that no one else knows about but you? Is it a magazine or risque website? Is it a hidden bottle of booze or some cigarettes? Is it something you’ve stolen from work or someone else? Is it money? Whatever it is, if you don't get rid of it, it can become a snare to not only you but your entire household. As Moses told the children of Israel, be sure you sin will find you out. Don’t follow Achan's steps and trouble your house by taking the accursed and forbidden things. Rather keep yourself and your house clean and pure for God. When God works through you, never use your grade or position to attain pleasure, profit, or personal safety. Allow God to search you daily and cleanse you from all unrighteousness.
Sing: To God be the glory! To God be the glory! To God be the glory, for the things He has done!
Thought For Today: Never use your grade or position to attain pleasure, profit, or personal safety. (U.S. Army NCO Creed).