Scripture — Deuteronomy 5:12-15
“And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day.” (Deuteronomy 5:15)
In Deuteronomy 5, The Ten Commandments are repeated (see Exodus 20); and here the command about the Sabbath Day is a reminder that God delivered His people from slavery in Egypt.
Here we are reminded again that our time is a gift from God. We are also reminded that people such as the King of Egypt, or perhaps our employers, must not claim that they own all of our time.
In addition, this law prohibits us from becoming taskmasters. We must not demand more time from others than we are allowed. This includes our family members, our employees, and even work animals. No one, and certainly not a Christian, may commandeer the time of others. God liberated His people from slavery in the past, and He continues to liberate His people today. One day a week is to be dedicated to God, our Liberator.
This command shows that God loves all people—and animals too. It doesn’t matter whether you are a CEO, an unpaid intern, or a service industry employee. God is the Giver and Ruler of everyone’s time, and you are commanded to take a day each week to honor your Liberator.
Prayer: Forgive us, Lord, if we abuse the time You have given us. Forgive us if we have taken the time of others. Show us how to honor everyone’s time. Help us to rest in Your Time. Amen.