"For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay."
Some things can't be measured by minutes or a target date circled on the calendar. For example, we can not predict our spiritual maturity. It's so tempting to go to God and ask, "Am I there yet?"
Have you ever called out to God, in the misery of a personal crisis, "I can't take any more!" (I have) Have you ever wondered how long it takes to become an over-comer?
It takes as long as it takes and that is a lifetime: a lifetime of wounds and scars; a lifetime scarred by sin and renewed by grace; a lifetime of joys mixed with sorrows; of learning and struggling to learn more; of replacing doubt with faith, error with truth, and bad habits with good discipline.
But the over-comer's life is touched with mercy, motivated by grace, covered with love. It is seasoned with self control, and held together with the promises of God.
Are we there yet? No. But we're getting there!
Question for thought:
How much time have you been given to become an over-comer?