Judges 8:22 New International Version (NIV)
22 The Israelites said to Gideon, “Rule over us—you, your son and your grandson—because you have saved us from the hand of Midian.”
Gideon sees great success with his mighty 300 men. They kill thousands of enemy soldiers. Gideon even kills two kings, Zebahand and Zalmunna, with his own sword. A weak warrior became a mighty hero.
After the battle has been fought, the people of Israel turn their eyes from God and want to make Gideon their king. Gideon makes a valiant response and tells them he will not rule over them and that only the Lord would rule over Israel.
To this point, Gideon is giving the credit and glory back to God, but he soon will make his big mistake that will turn Israel to idol worship. In verse 24, Gideon requests plunder (gold) for his victory. He then makes the gold into an ephod in which Israel prostrates themselves into worshipping it.
The danger of success or trophies I have received go into a box and eventually collect dust or simply get thrown away. In the moment it holds value, but it is only for a moment.
In my life, as I get older, I value success in this manner. Ask my wife or my kids what kind of man I was. Do I love God with all my heart and did I love people?
Men, what is said about HOW you lived will be greater than what you have accumulated.
Strength and Courage