Loneliness is a growing problem in our society. A study by the American Council of Life Insurance reported that the loneliest group in America is college students. That’s surprising! You know how lonely people can become? An ad in a Kansas newspaper stated: “I will listen to you talk for 30 minutes without comment for $5.00.” Do you think anyone called? They sure did. The report went on to say the individual who placed the ad receives 10-20 calls per day. Loneliness is real and some people become so effected by it they will do anything for a half-hour of companionship.
Do you ever get lonely? Ever feel discouraged? Sure you do and you know what? It’s only natural to feel that way. That was the problem in this passage of Scripture. The young man with Elisha was worried. He felt lonely and saw no possibiity of escape. He felt trapped. You know what his problem was? He was looking at the situation with his physical eyes and it seemed impossible. What he needed was a fresh look … a look with his spiritual eyes, and that’s what Elisha asked God to give him (v.17).
When we get lonely, discouraged, or feel trapped in a situation with no answer in sight – stop … pray … and ask God to open your eyes to the possibilities. You’re never really alone, because you and God make a majority.