Esther did not intend to be queen. It was not listed in her 10 year strategic vision. But she found herself in a place of influence during a time of crisis for her people, God’s people, and she was called upon by her people to take action. She was called upon to use the influence that God had given her to be a blessing, even a means of salvation. But exercising this influence would come at a great cost to Esther – namely the risk of her very life. As Esther spoke, “All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that if any man or woman goes to the king inside the inner court without being called, there is but one law—to be put to death, except the one to whom the king holds out the golden scepter so that he may live.” (Esther 4:11)

What influence has God given you? When crisis comes, and it will come, and you are called upon to exercise that influence for God’s glory, will you be ready and willing to do so – despite the deep personal cost that undoubtedly will come with it? Step forward with boldness! Pray and fast and entrust yourself to the Lord as Esther did! “Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai, “Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.” (Esther 4:15,16)

There is no better place for a person than in the will of God, and there is no better step than the step of faith. Though the specters of fear and death crowd close around you, if you will press through in faith you will find yourself safe in God’s mighty hand. Linger in doubt and your fears may just come to pass. As Esther was told, “Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:13,14)

Press in to God. Use your influence for His glory. Enter the throne room in faith and do not be afraid. God is with you.