Both fresh garlic and onion were a part of our local open market in France. But it was especially the garlic that gave so much flavor to a dish, as well as staying on one’s breath next morning! Over the centuries it has been touted to ward off plague, whooping cough, and of course, vampires! But what caught my attention was the claim that garlic can inspire and give courage! It was given to Roman soldiers for just that purpose.
Today’s verse is a charge for Joshua from the Lord Himself. Moses had just died and Joshua was taking his position to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. Joshua is reassured that the Lord will never leave him or forsake him (verse 5). The Lord reminds him that wherever he goes, he can be strong and courageous because of His presence.
This is not a promise that things will be easy or even go smoothly for Joshua. The Lord sees ahead the times of discouragement Joshua will face. Moses encountered plenty of discouragement leading a complaining doubting people and so will Joshua. But just as the Lord was there for Moses, so He would be for Joshua (verse 5).
I have a charge from the Lord as well to do what He tells me to. I have these same promises that He will strengthen me with His power (Col. 1:11) so that I can endure with patience whatever is scary or discouraging. He promises to never leave me or forsake me (Heb. 13:5). It is His Word which inspires and gives courage!
Thank you Lord, for Your reassurance today.