For a topic of immense import like retirement, the natural inclination of some people would be to turn to the Bible to find out what God’s word says about it. And what does it say about retirement? Well…Nothing .
Well, almost nothing. From what I’ve seen, this is the only reference to retirement in the Bible:
The LORD said to Moses, “This applies to the Levites: Men twenty-five years old or more shall come to take part in the work at the Tent of Meeting, but at the age of fifty, they must retire from their regular service and work no longer. They may assist their brothers in performing their duties at the Tent of Meeting, but they themselves must not do the work. This, then, is how you are to assign the responsibilities of the Levites.” Numbers 8: 23-26 (NIV)
That passage applies specifically to the Levites, God’s chosen spiritual leaders of the Israelites, and what does it say they should do after retirement? (Well, it certainly doesn’t say anything about having a standing tee time each morning) They should “assist their brothers in performing their duties at the Tent of Meeting.” Basically, when they retire, they are no longer “working,” rather they are “helping” the non-retired guys do their job.