Joshua 1:9 says, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."
Joshua was a proven leader. He had served as an aide to Moses, and now Moses was gone. Joshua was called to lead the Israelites across the Jordan River and into the promise land. God told Joshua that no one would be able to stand against him. He told him in Joshua 1:5, "As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you." But even Joshua needed encouragement. Three different times in Chapter 1, he is told to "be strong and courageous." It is easy to get distracted and discouraged. When we take our eyes off God and place it on our circumstances and our obstacles, we can get disheartened and discouraged. Discouragement usually brings fear, and fear can easily lead to defeat. If you are God's child, you can be encouraged in the fact that He will never leave you. He will never forsake you. He will strengthen you. Do you believe that? Take your eyes off the circumstances and the obstacles; focus on God as He stands there with you and trust Him today. Will you be strong and courageous?