As Joshua prepared to take up the mantle of leadership from the wise, old prophet Moses, God himself gave him (and us) a command – three times in less than a minute! – to “be strong and very courageous.”
But don’t miss this – he also told him how: “the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
Pondering both is a good way to start the week.
Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
(Joshua 1:5b-9, ESV)