Judges 8:33-34, “As soon as Gideon died, the Israelites prostituted themselves by worshiping the images of Baal, making Baal- berith their god. They forgot the Lord their God, who had rescued them from all their enemies surrounding them.”

By definition, a prostitute is some who engages in a sexual act for money. Another way to put it is a person who willingly uses his or her talent or ability in a base or unworthy manner.

In the Old Testament, the Israelites prostituted themselves to false gods (Baal, Asherah poles) when they had no enemies or when there is no one leading them. But when Israel had enemies who persecuted them and abused them, only then will they turn back to God of their ancestors for help. Obviously, they probably asked their false gods for help but they did not get a response.

What am I leading to? In some manner, we are like these Israelites in times when we have plenty. When we do not have any troubles, we are quickly “lured”  to things that God does not like or set our affection on things that satisfy our earthly desires. What I mean is that we easily forget God who blesses us and protects us when there is nothing wrong in our lives. For example, when we celebrate victories, we unwittingly turn to drunkenness and wild parties which God clearly tells us in the Bible we should not do. Read Galatians 5:19-21 or Romans 13:13. Or when our focus is turned into acquiring material things which consumes us into pursuing relentlessly. Even putting our complete faith in other people rather than God.

Prostituting ourselves to other “gods,” be it in the acquisition of  material things, power or popularity is serious business with God. We need to be conscious if we are already setting our sights on other things beside God who loves us so much that He even gave His only Son to redeem us from our sins.

Let us not be like the Israelites of the Old Testament that when they abound in good things, they quickly forget God and what He has done for them. We need to worship God alone, nothing else in this planet should be above Him. He is our Creator who alone deserves all our praise and adoration. Let us not prostitue ourselves to anything that can separate us from the love of God.