Fear occurs as a response to something which is perceived as being threatening, dangerous or harmful. Fear can cause a person to feel nervous, anxious and can even impair their bodily functions by interfering with their ability to think clearly, speak with a steady voice and keep a steady hand.
As humans we want to see God’s protection as a magic force field that keeps us from all harm. Yes, God has to stop any evil or destruction but we must remember that we live in a fallen world where we have free will and sometimes God works in ways that we do not understand. Sometimes God’s protection come in the form of peace and strength in the middle of despair. Matthew 14: 26 ” When the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled saying, ” It’s a ghost! and they cried out for fear. ” In the spiritual reign, ” fear ” as dread or terror, is a source of doubtful mind for Jesus’s followers – and it isn’t an ingredients of faith. However, the opposite of fear is not courage ( the quality of a confident character not to be afraid or intimidated easily ), but is “ safety “, that means, how much faith we have that we can spent resting in the safety of our relationship with God ( different with the sense of not taking the risks ). 1 Corinthians 10: 13 ” No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful, he will not let you to be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. ”
In the context of Matthew 14, nothing out to terrify those that have Christ near them, and know he is theirs; not death itself. Peter walked upon the water, not for diversion or to boast of it, but to go to Jesus; and in that was thus wonderfully borne up. Special supports and are to be expected but only in spiritual pursuits, nor can we ever come to Jesus, unless we are upheld by his power. Christ bade Peter come, not only that he might walk upon the water, and so know his Lord’s power, but that he might know his own weakness. And the Lord often lets his servants have their choice, to humble and prove them, and to show the greatness of his power and grace, at the greatness of opposing difficulties, we shall begin to fall; but when we call to him, he will stretch out his arm, and save us. Christ is the great savior, those would be save, must come to him, and, cry to him for salvation. Could we believe more, we should suffer less.