“Have you Planned for Your Retirement”

Retirement

Do you know that there is no retirement in the Bible, right? When you are dating, did you talk about this subject? Probably not, but then again, some are forward thinkers and were thinking about that subject. Even God thought about retirement. In Numbers 8, he provided retirement for the Levites after the age of 50. They were to retire from performing the work of carrying the tent materials.

How does one prepare for that stage of life? The psalmist [Ps 71] looked back and noted “that he had leaned upon God since birth,” so he knew that God would sustain him in his old age when his strength failed. He and God were close friends. They walked and talked together each day, much like Enoch. Like the retired Levites, we are to share our wisdom with the younger generation. [Psalm 78] Are you developing the habit of teaching the younger generation about God? As a retired person, are you looking for ways to mentor the next generation—even if you don’t have grandchildren!  

How’s your attitude? They say if you are a grumbler in your younger days, you will be a grumbler in your old age. Start now to develop an attitude of gratitude now so you will be a joy in your old age.

May I ask: Do you know God like that?

Check out David Austin’s blog post on this topic: https://blogs.bible.org/director/david_austin/retirement_whats_next

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What About Retirement?

Was retirement one of the topics you discussed when dating? Doesn’t seem an apropos topic for a date, does it  But then did you know God did?

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Numbers 8:23-26 There is no retirement in the Bible, right? When you are dating did you talk about this subject? Probably not but then again there are some who are forward thinkers and were thinking about that subject. Even God thought about retirement. In Num 8 he provided retirement for the Levites after the age of 50. Simply they were to retire from performing the work of carrying the tent materials.

How does one prepare for that stage of life? The psalmist [Ps 71] looked back and noted “that he had leaned upon God since birth” so he knew that God would sustain him in his old age when his strength failed. He and God were close friends. They walked and talked together each day much like Enoch. Like the retired Levites we are to share our wisdom with the younger generation. [Psalm 78] Are you developing the habit of teaching the younger generation about God? As a retired person are you looking for ways to mentor the next generation—even if you don’t have grandchildren!

How’s your attitude? They say if you are a grumbler in your younger days you will be a grumbler in your old age. Start now to develop an attitude of gratitude now so you will be a joy in your old age.

May I ask: Do you know God like that? Check out David Austin’s blog post on this topic: https://blogs.bible.org/director/david_austin/retirement_whats_next

 

 

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Ps 71-72 “Wisdom from a Senior Saint”

psalm 71 senior advice2Our culture is impressed upon being young and keeping aging at bay. It is pressed upon us from all angles of life. Sadly too often we view “gray-headed seniors” as both a financial burden and a care to society rather than a trove of wisdom. The elder psalmist rises to speak to us about how you and I can  learn to live a godly life to the fullest. As Jesus said “he who has ears to hear better listen.”

The elder psalmist advises us to begin early now cultivating habits of hungering and thirsting for righteousness for this is where you will find true satisfaction.  See life as an opportunity to study to show yourself approved and to establish a life of prayer. As you do all of this cultivate a life of praise and joy.  See retirement not as a stage of “R&R” but a stage of opportunities to serve. We should see “rest” as what we will do in eternity not now. President John F Kennedy is remembered for this saying: “”ask not what your country can do for youask what you can do for your country.” Believers need to be asking not what others can do for us but what we can do for our church, our community, and our families. Steven Cole boldly challenges us with this statement: “If you’re not involved in some kind of Christian service, you’re too self-centered.

Remember this is the time to prepare so we can proclaim to the next generation. Are we doing it?

Steven  Cole: https://bible.org/seriespage/psalm-71-growing-old-god%E2%80%99s-way

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