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 and an Administrator/Editor for Vinewords.net. He has authored seven books. His most recent is Don’t Just Live…Really Live.He has also been published in numerous publications. He is the husband of one, the father of two, and the grandfather of six.