I feel today's reading has an interesting and very pertinent day after Christmas message for us. In verse 18 it states, "They abandoned the temple of the Lord, the God of their fathers, and worshiped Asherah poles and idols." If everything went so well for the people in Judah when they worshiped God, why did they turn away?
Prosperity certainly is a blessing, but it can also be a curse. Receiving a blessing from God is a glorious and beautiful thing. However, today's reading is telling us that prosperity can lead to moral and spiritual decline. Prosperous people can be tempted to become proud and a bit full of themselves. Prosperous people can forget that the very blessings that made them prosperous came from God. God gives us blessings and all he asks in return is that we remember from where the blessing came and give him thanks.
Yes, prosperity can be a blessing and a curse. Let's let today's reading remind us that we are not to take blessings for granted. We must always remember that they are gifts from God and they belong to God. God wants us to enjoy the blessings he gives us but also to use them, be they a talent or gift, to further his kingdom. On this day after Christmas, let's all remember the blessings God has given us, give him thanks for them, and evaluate how we are using them - for his good or for our own?
Wishing you the best in your walk with Christ,