Judges 8:27–Gideon made the gold into an ephod, which he placed in Ophrah, his town . All Israel prostituted themselves by worshipping it there, and it became a snare to Gideon and his family.
Gideon had done so many wonderful things and had allowed God to use him in mighty ways. However, he became prideful and that became a stumbling block. Instead of continuing to worship the God who had given him the victory. He started to worship the gold that he took as a result of the victory. It is easy to get distracted from the One who truly deserves our worship if we are not diligent to keep our focus on Him.
Father, no matter the victories or the defeats that I go through in this life, keep me focused on You. Even a great victory that turns my eyes away from You would be a terrible defeat. I do not want to cause a snare for myself or for anyone else around me.