Reading through the Bible together
Gideon had just defeated the Midianites and killed the kings, Zebah and Zalmunna. Israel responded in gratitude by asking Gideon to be their king. To Gideon’s credit, he deflected the praise and responded, “The Lord will be your ruler. I will not rule over you, nor will my son rule over you.” If only he had stopped right there! In the afterglow of Gideon’s military victory lay temptation—a temptation that became a trap to Gideon and his family: gold.
How often Satan’s most effective temptations come to us immediately after a spiritual victory! This story serves as a warning that when God works mightily, Satan lurks very close by to turn victory into disaster. May we respond after a spiritual high, not like Gideon’s family and their desire for gold, or even like Elijah running from Jezebel right after the mighty victory on Mount Carmel, but like Jesus facing the fierce wilderness temptations right after His public baptism, with “It is written.”
Brennon Kirstein, Chaplain
Southern Adventist University