12 And they told Mordecai what Esther had said. 13 Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. 14 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?” 15 Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai, 16 “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.” 17 Mordecai then went away and did everything as Esther had ordered him. – Esther 4:12-17
Today is the day that many Jewish people commemorate this very fast. Esther requested that they fast for her before she undertook this task because it might result in her death. While she had initially hoped to avoid a life or death choice, it was pointed out to her that she faced one either way. Going in to see the king uninvited might mean death, but being found in violation of that decree certainly would as well. Esther’s statement reminds us of the three men destined for the fiery furnace in Daniel. They had confidence in God and yet did not presume that God had to act on their behalf. This is a good remember that even if we don’t get exactly what we desire from God, it doesn’t mean that He isn’t faithful. Great is His faithfulness to you and to me.