March 4, 2014 by Chris French
What does the Bible have to say about your retirement fund? Let’s allow the Bible to speak for itself.
“In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.”
Ever felt like you just devour everything in your account? Me too! The Bible would call us foolish. The wise person stores up for rainy days. In fact, that’s the lesson Solomon wants us to learn from the ant.
“Go to the ant, O sluggard, observe her ways and be wise, which, having no chief, officer or ruler, prepares her food in the summer and gathers her provision in the harvest.”
The ant, even though it doesn’t have anyone bossing it around, saves us food while it’s plentiful so she’ll have something to eat when food is scarce. That’s certainly a Biblical concept. Check out what Joseph did and was praised for!
“And let them gather all the food of those good years that are coming, and store up grain under the authority of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities. Then that food shall be as a reserve for the land for the seven years of famine which shall be in the land of Egypt, that the land may not perish during the famine.”
When Pharaoh had his dreams about the seven years of abundance and the seven years of famine Joseph formulated the above plan. He reserved the food so they wouldn’t starve during the famine. These verses give us some extra information about our savings though. We’re not supposed to save so we can live the easy life. We’re supposed to save so we can bless others. So forsake not your 401k and deny not your ROTH IRA, but remember God has a purpose for that money and it’s not so you can live the high life (Tweet this) He’s blessed you with an abundance so you can bless others.
You’re probably thinking that you worked hard for that retirement fund and you’ll do what you want with your money. That’s just the thing. It’s not your money!
1 Chronicles 29.11
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all.
If king David didn’t think everything in his kingdom belonged to him what makes me think everything in my bank account belongs to me? The things I have are temporary blessings from God. Think about it like a financial planner. We went to see one several years ago and one of the first questions he asked us is what we wanted to do with our money. What were our goals? His goals and ideas didn’t enter into the equation! It wasn’t his money! He was just putting it where I told him to put it. We’re just holding onto God’s money and while we’ve got it we should just be putting it where He wants it. It’s tough, but don’t be so attached to your salary. It’s not really yours. He’s letting you hold onto His money for a little bit, but you need to accomplish His goals with it. He’s given you an abundance so you can bless others. So save up for your retirement and work hard to put stuff back, but remember God has a plan for His money! Make sure you’re putting it where He wants.