This is the moment when Esther has to choose between comfort and faithfulness. When Mordecai hears of the edict, he tears his clothes and covers himself in sackcloth and ashes. He mourns for his people and for their future. When the queen hears of her uncle's grief, she sends someone with clothes and asks for an explanation. Mordecai tells her through the servant that this is her moment; God has put her in this situation for "such a time as this." Esther is understandably scared to go before the king without being called, but she knows that she is her people's best hope for salvation. She asks the Jews in Susa to pray and fast for three days before she enters the king's presence. I believe that God creates these divine appointments, but I also believe that we must be willing to step out of what is comfortable and do what God has called us to do. Just as Esther fears the unknown, we struggle with what might happen, but we walk by faith and not by fear. God has placed us at that place at that moment for His purpose, and we must act accordingly. Stop questioning every decision and start a quest to walk through every door that God opens. Pray and fast before jumping, but when God confirms His plan, go for it with every ounce of your being.

Help me, Lord, to step out of my comfort zone as You open doors for ministry and encouragement. Help me to walk by faith in those moments and not by fear.