Sabbath Meditation 16: Who Controls Your Time?

Sabbath Meditation 16: Who Controls Your Time?

by Kelly McDonald, Jr.

“There remains therefore a Sabbath rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered into his rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from his.” (Hebrews 4:9-10)

The first four commandments are chiefly focused on loving God. The last six have to do with how you show the love of God to others. It is one major way that others will see God in this world. Let’s look at the pattern of the first four commandments and especially the fourth one

The first commandment answers the question: Who is your God?

The second commandments expresses that we should not make representations of the True God and that we should not worship or serve any created thing.

The third commandment conveys the idea that we should not misrepresent the True God.

The fourth commandment requires that we allow the True God to control our time.

The first four commandments contain simple instructions to guide who we worship and adore, what we do with our hands, how we live, and who regulates our time. Why are these so important?

The God of the Holy Bible created matter, space, and time. The Ten Commandments are the guidelines for how created beings are expected to handle these components as part of His creation. The last six commandments guide us in how matter is to be handled with regard to space and time.

The Ten Commandments are a testimony to God’s character and that HE is the creator of all things. The Sabbath is the only one of these ten that govern time, space, and matter. This explains one reason why this day directly connects us with the Creator (Exodus 31:12-17). The God who made all things desires and requires that we allow Him to guide the movement of our individual existence within the created world of time, matter, and space.

When we ignore the Sabbath, we testify that we know how to better handle our time than our Creator. Humanity must realize that God knows what is best. He made us and the time which we operate within. Like the maker of a watch, He knows the mechanics of it; He knows how it works. When we trust Him with it, there will be an efficiency of rest and work in our lives like never before.

There is only one creator of time – God Himself.

Who controls your time?


Kelly McDonald, Jr. BSA President –



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