The ability to do something that frightens one.
In this opening passage of the book of Joshua, God commissions Joshua to be the new leader of the Israelites after Moses died. Joshua will be the one to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land! After 40 years of wandering in the desert, the people will finally be home. But the Promised Land is full of new challenges, armies and more. So God tells Joshua 3 times in these 9 verses to “be strong and courageous.”
Thankfully, the Lord’s commands to Joshua are not without His promise for provision and protection. In verse 5, God promises that he will always be with Joshua, that he will never leave him or forsake him, then he follows in verse 6 with the command to be strong and courageous. How could Joshua be afraid when God had made such a promise to him? In verse 9, God says Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
[Available from https://medium.com/koinonia/joshua-a-lesson-in-courage-b410fca04e3c]