Judges 6-7 is the story of Gideon. We know this story well. God uses Gideon to lead just three hundred men to defeat the armies of Midian who covered the ground like locusts (Judges 6:5).
There is one aspect of this story that often gets overlooked. Before he goes up to fight against Midian, Gideon tears down the alter to Baal, the God of the Midians. But the Midians are not the ones who seek to kill him for it, the Isrealites are (Judges 6:30). You see, they had fallen so far away from the Lord that the they had nearly abandoned Him completely. But when the Israelites approach Gideon’s father Joash, he says something that we all need to hear. Listen to these words of wisdom:
“Will you contend for Baal? Or will you save him? Whoever contends for him shall be put to death by morning. If he is a god, let him contend for himself, because his altar has been broken down.”
How often do we contend for something other than Christ? How often do we put our own desires above Jesus and look for salvation in that which does not save? Sadly, we do this too often. We defend our sinful habits, or hide them from others. We justify sinful behavior and reveal the true object of our worship.
My prayer is that I never confuse who sits on the throne. Christ is King and He is worthy. Anything we put above Jesus is an idol. Let us cling to Him that we may not stray. Let us fix our eyes on Him and persevere to the end.