Here are some sayings that you may or may not be familiar with:
Veni, Vidi, Vici — I came, I saw, I conquered
Veni, Vidi, Verily — I came, I saw, I concurred
Veni, Vidi, Vista — I came, I saw, what a great view!
Veni, Vidi, Venison — I came, I saw, I ran over a deer
Veni, Vidi, Velcro — I came, I saw; I stuck around
Veni, Vidi, Visa — I came, I saw, I went shopping
Veni, Vidi, Vegi — I came, I saw, I had a salad
Veni, Vidi, VCR — I came, I saw, I went home and rented the video
Veni, Vidi, Vinny — I came, I saw, I got an offer I couldn’t refuse
Veni, Vidi, DaVinci — I came, I saw, I painted the Sistine Chapel
Veni, Vipi, Vici — I came, I’m a very important person, I conquered
Allow me to add one more:
Veni, Vidi, Dei Vici — I came, I saw, God conquered
Remember the twelve spies sent into the land of Canaan? Ten came back and said, “There’s no way we can conquer this land! The people are too big and too strong! Let’s go back to Egypt!”
Only Joshua and Caleb had faith that God would keep his promise. Their attitude was, “We came, we saw, and we are confident that God will conquer.”
“But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes; and they spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: ‘The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. If the LORD delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, “a land which flows with milk and honey.”‘” (Numbers 14:6-8)
How about you? Ever felt like a grasshopper compared to some of the obstacles you face? But if the Lord is on your side (or more accurately, if you are on the Lord’s side), the victory will be yours.
“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37)
Veni, Vidi, Dei Vici!
Have a great day!
Helen Street Church of Christ
Fayetteville, North Carolina
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