Gideon made the gold into an ephod, which he placed in Ophrah, his town. All Israel prostituted themselves by worshiping it there, and it became a snare to Gideon and his family.
Even heroes are susceptible to failure. Pastors and great Christian men and women can and will sin. It is a tragedy when our heroes fail us, both as a matter of disappointment on our behalf and the fact that those who oppose Christianity trumpet the failure as a victory for them and proof that Christians are frauds.
Gideon led the Israelites into a great victory and he was placed on a pedestal. It is doubtful that he desired the attention, nor did he expect the worship that came from his placement of the golden ephod.
When we’re told that we’re great often enough however, we may start to actually believe it. This was likely the case with Gideon. He had accomplished something great but it was God who achieved the victory. Gideon was simply an instrument of God’s work.
Gideon did not seek to be worshipped but he didn’t stop it when people began to worship the ephod which he made. We need to be careful about the praise that we receive. When people praise us, we need to give God the glory for the abilities that He gave us. All that we accomplish is done so by what the Lord has given us and not by our own strengths.