Four times I told Joshua to be strong and of good courage because I wanted to encourage him.
I want to encourage you too.
You are moving into the land of your inheritance and like Joshua and Caleb you are developing character and faith. You are growing in good courage.
Like Joshua and Caleb you are learning not to murmur and complain (which is what kept the Israelites in the desert forty years) because good courage believes me and what I have promised. You are learning to trust me more than your current circumstances and believe me when I say I will never leave you nor forsake you.
No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. (Joshua 1:5, NIV)
Good courage reaps a reward.
Look at what Joshua, who learnt to be of good courage and be strengthened by me said at the end of his life to his people:
And you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one good thing has failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spoke concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one word of them has failed. (Joshua 23:14, NIV).
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 1:9 (NIV)