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By   •   October 26, 2010   •   Topics: , ,

Q:

I was supposed to retire by now, but my retirement account has taken a real hit in the last couple of years and now I'm going to have to keep working. I admit I'm angry, and I don't understand why God let it happen. What do you think?


A:

I’m sure many readers can identify with you, because the recent economic upheavals have brought disruption and hardship to countless families. More than ever, we need to heed the Bible’s command to pray for our leaders, because only God can give them the wisdom they need (see 1 Timothy 2:1-3).

We don’t always know why God allows things like this to come into our lives. But let me assure you of two truths: He knows what you’re going through, and He loves you and wants to help you deal with it. That doesn’t mean all your problems will vanish if you turn to Him; they probably won’t. But it does mean God will help you adjust to your situation, and give you wisdom about the future.

This is why I urge you to turn to Christ and commit your disappointments — and your whole life — to Him. The Bible says, “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall” (Psalm 55:22). Don’t let anger consume you, but ask Him to help you accept what has happened — and even see His hand in it. God often brings good out of our disappointments, and He can do it for you.

In the meantime, be thankful for your job, and ask God to help you keep doing it faithfully. The Bible says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (Colossians 3:23).

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3 Comments

  1. sheryl says:

    Sounds to me God has already blessed you more than you realize..thank Him 'trust Him who knows you may not have tomorrow…worry about today and let God take care of the rest. He loves you..

  2. William says:

    I don't think retirement is actually in the bible. Joshua didn't even retire at age 80! My own mother taught school till 80 yrs old too! She will be 86 on Veterans Day! Happy birthday Mom. Thanks for the chance to Honor My Mother!

  3. Andrew says:

    S.G., I sympathize with you that you had lost quite a bit of your retirement funds, and that you have to keep on working. But even so, even if you had “gained” and got into retirement, well at first you may find retirement fun but then afterward it will get boring.. I myself am not retired yet but I do have tons of friends who are retired an dthey became bored stiff and then they went back to work. I am due to retire in 5 years but for sure I am going to work !! I will work till I drop dead or drop sick! God bless