Nearing Home – Life, Faith and Finishing Well by Billy Graham
Work is a part of God’s plan for our lives. Work is not something we do just to put food on the table; it is one of the major ways God has given us to bring glory to Him. The writer of Ecclesiastes declared, “A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. But our work was never meant to become the center of our lives. That place belongs only to God, and when we allow our work to dominate and control us, then it has become an idol to us and that is wrong. Unfortunately our materialistic society only reinforces this view. But God says you are greater than your work, and your work is only a part of His plan for you. Does this mean it is wrong in God’s eyes to stop working and retire? It’s true that the word retirement especially as we use it today isn’t found in the Bible. For the most part people in the ancient world worked as long as they were physically able.