To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: – Ecclesiastes 3:1

  • We know that there’s a time in our lives for various activities.
  • After the feeding of the 5,000, another miracle took place. This miracle shows us there is a time for certain things in our lives.

THERE’S A TIME TO RETREAT – Matthew 14:22-23, John 6:15

  • Jesus perceived that after this miracle there would be a movement to make Him king.
  • Jesus sent away his disciples, dismissed the crowd, and went to a mountain by himself to pray.
  • There are times when we need to retreat from the busyness in life and spend extra time with the Lord in Bible reading and prayer.

THERE’S A TIME TO RETURN – Matthew 14:24-25

  • Although retreating can be refreshing, returning to the action is necessary.
  • The disciples were in trouble and Jesus, in a miraculous way, came to them.
  • There are people in trouble who need our help. We must be aware of when it is time for us to act.

THERE’S A TIME TO REASSURE – Matthew 14:26-27

  • The disciples were fighting for their lives. When they saw Jesus walking on the water near them they panicked.
  • Jesus reassured them of His presence and told them to be of good cheer and not be afraid.
  • Sometimes we need to reassure people with our encouraging words, Scripture, and prayers. Other times, we need to let other people reassure us.

THERE’S A TIME TO RESPOND – Matthew 14:28-29

  • Peter responded in faith and was encouraged to go to Jesus, walking on the water himself.
  • There are times when we need to respond to the call of God and step out in faith.

THERE’S A TIME TO RELY – Matthew 14:30-31

  • Peter’s problem was that he was letting circumstances bother him. He panicked.
  • He did the right thing. He cried for help.
  • He was rebuked by Jesus for his lack of faith. How often do we have the same problem!

THERE’S A TIME FOR REST – Matthew 14:32

  • There was calm. With Jesus in the boat there’s time for rest of body, mind, and spirit.


  • When we see Jesus at work, it is time for us to worship Him.