What Causes Discouragement?

The definition of discouragement is “having lost confidence or enthusiasm; disheartened.”

So what causes discouragement?


According to this definition, discouragement is not what I thought it was. I always assumed the challenging circumstances we face brought discouragement, but it’s actually caused by putting our confidence in the wrong thing.

It’s easy to become discouraged when our confidence is in something changeable, like my daily routine, for example. As much as I’d love to say I’m a spontaneous person, I’m not. I thrive in routine and I like having a plan. I feel encouraged when our days go according to the plan and often discouraged when the routine changes. So when my two year old son decided to stop napping just over a month ago, it was followed by A LOT of discouragement. Suddenly what I was putting my confidence in, changed and I was incredibly disheartened.

But the problem here wasn’t my changing cirumstances, the problem was my misdirected confidence. Rather than depending on the unchanging love and provision of God to get me through the day, I was depending on naptime.

If discouragement is caused by putting our confidence in something or someone other than God, the best way to overcome it is to redirect our trust and confidence back to Him. Psalm 20:7 says, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” The battle of discouragement we face daily won’t be won by chariots and horses, it will only be won by trusting in God.

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.” Jeremiah 17:7

Tomorrow night I’m teaching a class through The Influence Network on Overcoming Discouragement.  This class will equip you with the tools and the truth you need to battle discouragement in your life. It’s only $10 and if you can’t make it to the live class at 8pm CST, you will recieve a recording of the class to your inbox. Join the class HERE.

Hope to see you there!

Also, have you picked up your copy of We Will Wait: An Advent Devotional yet? First advent is less than two weeks away! Get your copy HERE.


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