I do have one request… Judges 8:24
The fire alarm has just been pulled… you have 60 seconds… what will you take? 1, 2…
Take this: Check your request.
Gideon has just had an incredible victory in the Lord and overcome great fear in God’s strength. He shows his heart to be humble when praised by his people. Gideon responds in Judges 8:23 I will not rule over you, nor will my son rule over you. The LORD will rule over you. Sometimes it would be best if we just stopped while we were ahead. This might have been one of those times for Gideon because the next words out of his mouth are the cause of a great snare to him and his family.
His request landed him with seventeen hundred gold shekels, not counting the other great riches accumulated in the plunder of their enemies! Gideon used the gold to make an ephod sometimes a holy garment associated with the priesthood however at other times it was a pagan object associated with idols. Judges 8:27 indicates all Israel prostituted themselves by worshiping it and thus it became a snare to Gideon AND his family.
How could what started to be good and humble intentions end up as such a snare, a stumbling block to an entire family?! We are human and the devil is deceitful. He often takes something good and adds a twist and if we are not careful in bringing all our “think we knows” along with our “I don’t know” requests before the Lord we too are susceptible to the devil leading us in a slow fade off into our own snare.
Check your requests before God and His Word… ALWAYS.
Independent Read: Jeremiah 17:9, Isaiah 11:2, James 1:5
…59, 60. Go!