Note how it says that God has commanded us to be strong and courageous. This makes it seem non-optional, doesn't it? I also like how the words 'afraid' and 'discouraged' are both used...there are times when I'm just afraid, and times when I'm flat out discouraged. It's nice to know God never abandons us any of those times, or any time in between.
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.
Have a wonderful, restful weekend friends!