I saw a news story posted on the WebMD website on a survey about loneliness in the United States. It concluded that our nation faces “widespread loneliness, with nearly half of Americans reporting they feel alone, isolated, or left out at least some of the time. The nation’s 75 million millennials (ages 23-27) and Generation Z adults (18-22) are lonelier than any other U.S. demographic and report being in worse health than older generations.
In addition, of the 20,000 people sampled, 54% of respondents said they feel no one knows them well, and four in 10 reported they ‘lack companionship,’ their ‘relationships aren't meaningful’ and they ‘are isolated from others.’ Douglas Nemecek, MD, Cigna’s chief medical officer for behavioral health, said the findings of the study suggest that the problem has reached ‘epidemic’ proportions...’. Loneliness has the same impact on mortality as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, making it even more dangerous than obesity,...’ (1)
‘" and they "are isolated from others." Douglas Nemecek, MD, Cigna’s chief medical officer for behavioral health, said the findings of the study suggest that the problem has reached “epidemic” proportions...’Loneliness has the same impact on mortality as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, making it even more dangerous than obesity,’ he said in releasing the report.”
Initially, I was somewhat surprised to see such results, particularly in the younger generations that seem so “connected” with all the phones, social media tools available to them in this age of all things internet.
As I started to ponder what loneliness really is. One of the more common clinical definitions I found in several resources describes loneliness as:
“a clinical syndrome,...marked by painful feelings of sadness and longing and almost always by the absence of, yet felt desire for, relationship with others” (2)
Loneliness, as a clinical syndrome, is marked by painful feelings of sadness and longing and almost always by the absence of, yet felt desire for, relationship with others (2)
2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.
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The Curse Of Loneliness
A. Aloneness and Isolation are characteristics of Satan’s domain.
This is the story of a demon possessed man. Driven from family, friends, society!
B. The meaning of “Alone”.
Websters - “without company; solitary”
Hebrew - “To disjoin, to divide; to separate”
C. The problem of loneliness.
I. THE CAUSE OF LONELINESS.
A. Sin separates us from God.
Examples: Cain - - The cry of disappointment!
Judas - - The cry of desperation!
Prodigal Son - - The cry of discovery!
Illustration: The leprous - Levitucus 13:1-3; 42-46
B. Rejection of friends and loved ones.
C. It can be an outright attack of Satan -
II. THE CRIPPLING EFFECT OF LONELINESS
A. It leads to a cycle of frustration.
Feeling useless - Become cynical - Withdraw - Self- pity - Fear
B. Loneliness leads to a cast down spirit.
III. JESUS TASTED AND TOOK THE CURSE OF LONELINESS FOR US!
- Forsaken by God!
IV. THE ULTIMATE PLACE OF LONELINESS.
V. GOD’S REMEDY FOR LONELINESS. -
“Loneliness has the same impact on mortality as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, making it even more dangerous than obesity,” he said in releasing the report.
(1) Tate, Nick. “Loneliness Rivals Obesity, Smoking as Health Risk.” WebMD, WebMD, 4 May 2018, www.webmd.com/balance/news/20180504/loneliness-rivals-obesity-smoking-as-health-risk.
(2) S. A. Cappa, “Loneliness,” ed. David G. Benner and Peter C. Hill, Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology & Counseling, Baker Reference Library (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1999), 698.