“(Moses) said to them, ‘This is what the Lord commanded, ‘Tomorrow is to be a day of rest, a holy Sabbath to the Lord”.

Ex 16:23 NIV

Most of us think in the “here and now”. “It’s Tuesday, so it’s ‘Finish the ironing after wash day’. ‘There’s a good programme on the telly tonight’”.

For the Israelites trekking through the desert there wasn’t much thought about God either. It was one weary day’s slog after another. “When will we get there? Will we ever get there?” was their main thought. It was also, “Same old food, day in and day out”. Moses thought differently. He had been commanded by God to undergo this trek – for the sake of their calling as God’s people and for God’s honour as well. For him it was all about God, what he commanded, how he was to be obeyed, what the object of the journey was about and about his sovereign Lordship in the whole exercise. A day of rest, a Sabbath to the Lord was to concentrate their minds on God, his holiness, and his total control from first to last. By consecrating one day to God they were acknowledging that all the others were his too. By spending some time worshipping God they were saying that he was Lord over all time as well. Their lives – and their time – had belonged to the Egyptians. Now they were free from the Egyptians, free to honour and serve God, not themselves.

Our time too, as Christian disciples, is God’s, just as we are. The God principle must guide and control all our thinking as well. It must be uppermost in our actions, our planning and our use of our leisure. We should think “Jesus first in all things”.


Lord, take my moments and my days.