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JEREMIAH 44:16-17: “As for the word that you have spoken to us in the name of the Lord, we will not listen to you! But we will certainly do whatever has gone out of our own mouth, to burn incense to the queen of heaven and pour out drink offerings to her, as we have done, we and our fathers, our kings and our princes, in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. For then we had plenty of food, were well-off, and saw no trouble.”
A young Christian girl who had worked for years in the fast-food business had a tendency toward absent-mindedness. One Sunday evening at a youth fellowship, the pastor called on her to bless the evening snacks.
The room became quiet, heads were bowed and eyes closed. The girl began her prayer with, “Welcome to McDonalds. May I take your order?” While this is humorous, this girl may have reflected a more popular attitude toward God than she realized.
Even though Jeremiah’s generation knew nothing about fast-food chains, they still exhibited the same mentality. The god whom they wanted to worship was the one who served the best hamburger in the shortest amount of time.
In their eyes, the God who Jeremiah represented wasn’t a very good restaurateur. His service couldn’t compete with the queen of heaven. She served plenty of food, prosperity and peace; He brought trials, tribulation and trouble. It was obvious where they would choose to eat.
We Christians need to search our own hearts. Do we worship God because He serves us the things we like? If the food were to go bad and the service become lousy, would we still be willing to sit at His table? What would happen if it were no longer the most popular place in town?
Commit your heart to seek the Lord not for what you can get, but for who He is. When it comes to your spiritual food, God is more interested in serving steak than flipping hamburger.


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