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
Discouragement and fear may be two different things, but God puts them together here. They both keep us from moving forward. They make us stand still, either with a tired sigh or a gasp of fright.
God gives us the solution to both. We lack courage, but he tells us we can be fearless because He is with us. We lack strength, but He tells us we can be strong because He is with us. Do you see the common theme? He is with us. Everywhere we go. The word ‘go’ shows us we are to keep moving, walking with Him and following His path. We may run into failures, and be discouraged. We may face things that scare us, that really scare us. But right there with us is the creator of the universe. His power and love will overcome those things, and turn them into times of courage and strength instead.