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I am sure many of God's professed people are wondering why Christ Jesus hasn't returned yet. This world has been in turmoil for some time now, and it is just getting worse and worse. What is God waiting for? What is He waiting for His people to do?
There are many different types of Christians in the world today. But unfortunately, not enough who do the express will of God. There are those who focus on the 'grace' of Christ Jesus, thinking that they can continue to live a life of worldliness and sin, and forget about keeping the law of God. There are those who focus on the law of God, so much so that they forget about the grace of Christ and think that their works will save them. Then there are those who truly accept the grace of Christ, AND strive to keep the ten commandments, not to be saved, but because they love God. This is commendable, BUT this has become the only focus of many of God's people today. They have become very insular and only focus on themselves, and there is something very important which God requires that they are NOT doing.
So what is God waiting for in His people? Why hasn't Jesus returned yet? I believe the answer lies in the 58th Chapter of Isaiah. Let's take a look and see what we are missing.
Isaiah 58:1 ...'Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.'
So God is telling us that we are to warn the church of it's sins. "Oh but I already do this, I show people THEIR wrong doing." you may say. But is God just talking about telling people of THEIR wrong doing here? Let's read on.
Isaiah 58:2-3 ...'Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God. Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.'
Now look at the above verses and tell me if you see a diligent people who seek God and keep his commands.