Time is the great equalizer. Everyone is afforded a certain amount of time to live, and no matter what one does to try to prevent that time from expiring, time always wins. Time keeps moving whether an individual moves with it or not. Time is somewhat manageable, but cannot be controlled. No one can stop time. No one can add time. Since the earth keeps rotating and days keep elapsing in spite of the desires of some people, time can be a difficult thing to deal with. For some reason, there just doesn't ever seem to be enough time, and that can be frustrating, confusing, or just plain surprising. Time really can really put things in perspective when it comes to mankind. Time should really cause one to see how weak and fragile we are as a human race. Then in comparison, when realizing that God is not bound to the laws of time, one should be humbled and grateful that One who is eternal would step into time in order to help mankind deal with the miserable ways we spend what little time we have.
Consider the power of God as documented in Genesis 1:14-19. This portion of scripture documents the 4th day of creation. Genesis 1:14-19 explains that God made "lights" in the expanse of the sky. This refers to the sun, moon, and stars. Once again, the Bible speaks contrary to secular reasoning. While many from the secular area would say that the order of the galaxy is a mixture of luck and randomness, the Bible says that God placed everything in its particular place for His purpose. The Bible teaches that on the first day, God separated light from dark and thereby created the first day. There was no tools that could have been observed to tell time, yet God attributed the 24 hours that had elapsed to 1 day. Those who read the Bible as it is written understand that since God used the same word for "day" as He does in other portions of scripture that define a 24-hour day, then the first, second, third, and fourth days were all literal 24-hour days. God had already created time though He had not yet created the tools that mankind uses to tell time. Genesis 1:14-19 explains God's purpose for the sun, moon, and stars - to help mankind tell time.
One must examine a few things here. First, God created the sun, moon and stars to serve as tools. Who would use the tools? Why was there a need of tools? Who would need to tell time? The testimony of the Bible simply doesn't allow for one to interpret the scriptures in such a way that leads one to conclude that mankind is the result of accidental coincidences that mysteriously matched up over long periods of time. God created the earth first as a dwelling place for the living things He would later create. He protected the planet and then filled the planet with vegetation for food, oxygen and other functionality. Then, since time was already elapsing, God place the sun, the moon, and the stars in their particular locations in order to help His creation tell time once He created them. Days 1-4 in the creation account are the preparation work God did for His living creatures, including mankind.
Next, one must consider that Genesis 1:14-19 states that God created the sun, moon and stars so that they would "serve as signs for the seasons and for days and years." It is interesting that God is making mention of the "seasons." The Hebrew word for "seasons" has several meanings. Of the 223 times the word is used in the Old Testament, it is actually most often translated into the English word "congregation," referring to the children of Israel in the context of tabernacle worship. Of the 223 usages of this Hebrew word, 129 of them are used in the books of Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers, in which over 90% of the usages refer to the "tabernacle of the congregation. Thus, the word "seasons" in Genesis 1:14-19 is a word that God will later use to refer to the the tabernacle and temple worship.
Examining this truth, one can see that God provided tools for mankind in order that His creation would be able to know the proper times to worship Him. God instructed the children of Israel to obey a certain calendar filled with various feast days that all served to direct focus and worship on Him, deal with the issue of sin, and paint foreshadowing pictures of the work Jesus the Messiah would later fulfill to usher in the benefits of God's eternal and unconditional promises. This is a huge deal! God created the sun, moon and stars with the intent on providing mankind with the necessary tools to worship Him. God's all-knowing nature is revealed here since He is providing the necessary tools to practice certain rituals on certain days that deal with sin. God knew there would be sin. God is seen providing the necessary tools to practice certain rituals on certain days that present foreshadowing pictures of the work of Messiah. God knew about the work, ministry and purpose of Messiah.
This is Elohim. This is Yahweh. This is the God of the Bible. While mankind is a subject to time, God created time and then later created the tools to tell time. However, as the Bible reveals God providing His creation with the tools to tell time and seasons, God reveals that His idea with how mankind should spend time is in worshiping and acknowledging Him. God created tools to tell time to ensure the feast days would be honored. Since mankind cannot control time, but only make decisions in how one would manage a limited amount of time, the Bible reveals that mankind should spend its time honoring He who creates, controls and governs all things subject to time, including time itself. Since God is so great, and mankind is not in comparison, He proves Himself worthy to receive some of our time. God worked on the 4th day with great purpose. It is the responsibility of His creation (humanity) to utilize the time He allotted to honor the God who created all things in the manner that He desires.