“I will go the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” Esther 4:16 The book of Esther tells a story of love, sacrifice, and God’s timing. Mordecai, a Jew in exile, refused to bow to Haman, second in command to King Ahasuerus. Haman became furious and plotted to destroy Mordecai and all the Jews. So Haman deceived the king and persuaded him to issue an edict condemning the Jews to death. When Mordecai told his cousin Queen Esther about the edict, he urged her to intervene. “Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for suck a time as this?” he said (v14). Approaching the king uninvited was punishable by death. But Esther seized the moment to save her people! When we are able to rescue others, we should do so at all costs. Ask God for His direction and act! He may have placed you here “for such a time as this.” Courage is not the absence of fear – it is the mastery of it.