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Epic Loneliness

August 08, 2017
Epic Loneliness
Recent statistics reveal that up to half of Americans feel lonely and socially isolated. This challenge affects people across all age categories, from teens to seniors. Research demonstrates that the long-term health impacts of chronic loneliness increase the likelihood of premature death at rates that are equal to or higher than other well-known health risks, such as obesity.

In a time of unprecedented “connection” through social networks and smartphones, social isolation has reached an all-time high. In the United States, one of four people live alone and more than 50 percent are unmarried. Countries around the world are evaluating the effects of social isolation on public health. It is being identified as the “loneliness epidemic.”

Loneliness has a long history. In the beginning, God saw that Adam was alone in the perfect Garden of Eden. “The Lord God said, ‘It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him’ ” (Genesis 2:18). God provided a perfect plan for our happiness, but sin damaged it. So instead of perfect companionship, people around the world have always struggled with isolation.

Even faithful followers of God have felt the pain of isolation. King David poetically penned, “I lie awake, and am like a sparrow alone on the housetop” (Psalm 102:7). The prophet Elijah once bemoaned, “I alone am left a prophet of the Lord” (1 Kings 18:22).

Of course, Jesus, in facing His death, cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46). In that moment, He felt abandoned, isolated from His Father. That is why He can sympathize with us today in our sorrows and discouragements. (See Hebrews 4:15.) Jesus promises that He will fulfill the deepest desires of our hearts. His promise is, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

Are you feeling lonely? Do you need encouragement today? Click here for some amazing promises that will bring you hope and comfort.
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