Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6

After decades of wilderness wandering, Israel had another chance to enter the promised land. However, Moses was not going to be the one to take them in; his successor, Joshua, will carry the responsibility as the leader. After Moses addressed the people of Israel, he turned his attention specifically to Joshua: That is where Deuteronomy 31:6 comes from. He tells Joshua to Be strong and courageous. That God has promised to go before you, lead you, and prepare the way. He has promised to be with you on your journey and will never leave you nor forsake you! This was a big moment for Joshua. I love the most about this scripture because God spoke through Moses to Joshua to equip and encourage him.

The world can be challenging. When dealing with loss, uphill battles, uncertainty, and the looming pressure to make everything okay, It’s easy to become discouraged, frightened, and deserted. Think about Joshua. He was losing his mentor; he had some challenges ahead and the pressure to lead the Israelites across the Jordan River and take the promised land.

This is where God used Moses to speak truth into his heart. Thus, encouragement comes from the very heart of God.


“Encourage each other,” in the original Greek, is “to call to one’s side.” The root of that word means to be “besides,” “by,” or “near.”

Is there someone God is calling you to stand by their side? Perhaps you see an opportunity to minister or be near to someone?