“Can the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast. But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days.”
Mark 2:19-20 (NKJV)
“Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, ‘We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it.’ But the men who had gone up with him said, ‘We are not able to go up against the people for they are too strong for us.'” Numbers 13:30-31 (NASB)
God had told the people to enter and possess the land, but they preferred to spy it out just to see if God was really telling the truth! Well, He was–it was a rich land, a beautiful land, and a fruitful land. But there were giants! “We are not able to overcome!” This was the majority report.
The minority report came from Caleb and Joshua, and Moses agreed with them: “We will surely overcome it!” This is the Old Testament version of Romans 8:31: “If God be for us, who can be against us?” The majority saw the obstacles, and they were bigger than their God. The minority saw God, and the obstacles disappeared!
Unbelief always cries and complains. It plays the same tune: “We are not able!” The nation had the promises of God to lean on and the presence of God to depend on, but they preferred to walk by sight. It cost them forty years in the wilderness, the world’s longest funeral march!
Christians do not fight for victory; we fight from victory. Jesus said, “In the world you shall have tribulation: But be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). John said, “This is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith” (1 John 5:4).
Either we are overcomers–or overcome.