I’ve worked in places that had a wonderful one, others where it was mediocre, and some where there was none. I’ve contributed when possible and opted out when it wasn’t.
Retirement plans. Social Security is the only retirement plan many in the United States of America have. For the fortunate who work at places where retirement contribution is offered, hope is brighter than it is for those whose only expectation is a system that often seems to teeter on the brink of bankruptcy.
Even the best retirement plans have occasional hiccups. No one can predict the flow of a country’s economy. What’s gained during several up years can be lost entirely during a few down years. The rise and fall of stock and bond prices are unpredictable.
David’s hope was more secure than hope in Social Security or the best laid out portfolio: “And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever” (Psalm 23:6 KJV). God was his shepherd now and would be throughout eternity. Regardless of his life trials, his ultimate investment was safe.
I’ve watched my retirement investments dwindle during a sour economy and blossom in boom years. I’ve built retirement funds only to deplete them when unforeseeable circumstances came along.
But my sole hope isn’t Social Security or retirement investments. A relationship with a God who promises to care for my every need is my chief investment. He knows the details of my circumstances and why I’m where I am at present. Even if my only departing treasure is the casket I’m buried in, I’m a rich man.
As a joint heir with Christ, everything he has is ours—and that’s everything. Invest in the only secure retirement fund available: a relationship of faith in Jesus Christ.
Martin Wiles is an author, pastor, English teacher, and freelance editor who resides in Greenwood, South Carolina. He is the founder and editor of the internationally recognized website, Love Lines from God (www.lovelinesfromgod.com). Wiles is the Managing Editor for Christian Devotions, the Senior Editor for Inspire a Fire, a Proof Editor for Courier Publishing, and Assistant Editor for Vinewords.net. He has also served as Web Content Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolina. Wiles has authored Don’t Just Live…Really Live (Ambassador International), A Whisper in the Woods: Quiet Escapes in a Noisy World (Ambassador International), Grits & Grace & God and Grits, Gumbo, and Going to Church (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas), Morning By Morning, Morning Serenity, and Grace Greater Than Sin (America Star Books) and is a contributing author in Penned from the Heart (Son-Rise Publications), Rise (Chaplain Publishing), and Love Knots (Vine-Word Publishing). He has served as Regional Correspondent and Sunday school lesson writer for the Baptist Courier and has also written for Lifeway’s Bible Studies for Life curriculum. He has also been published in Christian Living in the Mature Years, Mature Living, Parenting Teens, Open Windows, Proclaim, Stand Firm, The Secret Place, The Word in Season, The Upper Room, The Upper Room Disciplines, Light from the Word, Reach Out Columbia, Mustard Seed Ministries, Journey Christian Newspaper, Common Ground Herald, The Quiet Hour, Power for Living, Halo Magazine, Joyful Living Magazine, Christian Broadcasting Network, Converge, Sharing, Today’s Christian Living, These Days, Plum Tree Tavern, Eskimo Pie, The Scarlet Leaf Review, Creation Illustrated, LIVE, Purpose Magazine, The Banner, Relevant, Bible Advocate, Reasons to Live, Author Magazine, and Lutheran Digest. Wiles has also written for the Bridges and Pathways Curriculum (Warner Press) and is a regular contributor to Christian Devotions, PCC Daily Devotions, Theology Mix, Inspire a Fire, The Write Conversation, Inkspirations, and VineWords and is a regular writer for the Dorchester County Eagle Record, the Orangeburg County Times and Democrat, and the Greenwood County Index Journal. Wiles has also served on faculty for the Asheville Christian Writer’s Conference. crat, and the Greenwood County Index Journal. Wiles also serves as the Managing Editor for Christian Devotions , the Senior Editor for Inspire a Fire, and as a Proof Editor for Courier Publishing. You can follow him @linesfromgod.