And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? – Ex. 2:14 KJV
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Sometimes we feel compelled to get involved or intervene in issues that should not really have any bearing on us. The reason most times may not be clear to us but we always have a conviction of some sorts that our involvement or intervention is required. Occasionally the pull in this direction may just be because of what we feel the society expects from us. For some it may be the feeling of not wanting to be seen as an irresponsible adult watching things go awkward and not intervening so we get involved. It may be a religious sentiment of wanting to be a good Christian that practices the doctrine of being a brother’s keeper.
In some instances however, it could be the case that we feel we are so positioned and it is indeed part of our responsibility to make such moves and sort things out like the case of parents intervening or getting involved in an issue between their children. There is also the extreme reason of expecting some form of reward (honour, respect, recognition, etc.) for being seen as a peacemaker.
Whatever may be the reason, the concept of working out a truce between two contending parties can never be a bad idea to the extent that peace is a desirable goal in all situations but this same act of intervention or involvement has brought huge problems into several lives today, which has derailed several destiny plans. In some cases the peacemaker turned victim may be able to relate current life challenges to that particular move previously made, but for some they cannot even remember the incident, talk more about linking it with their current situation.
Moses in this instance, probably for reasons of compassion for his people, even though he did not grow up among them, felt they should not mete out to one another the same treatment that their slave masters were meting out to them, so he decided to intervene or get involved in this disagreement that probably should not have been of particular concern to him. This intervention opened up an earlier intervention which probably made him feel he was destined to intervene or get involved in the life of his people in the manner he was going about it. Those unguided acts of his were to be the reason why he lost comfort and became a fugitive. He exchanged the life of a Prince with the life of a servant in a strange land. One can only imagine the psychological effect of this sudden change in status on Moses such that there could have been some level of regret during that stay in midian.
Most Christians today are in similar situations where comfort has been replaced with pain, royalty replaced with servitude, wealth replaced with poverty and similar conditions, and that is if they have not replaced life with death, because of intervening or involving in issues that had little or nothing to do with them.
Intervening or involving in issues may not be the error but the error could be the manner in which it is done. The reason for this is that intervening in issues requires some level of wisdom and skill, which cannot be classified as common knowledge, for one to accomplish without coming out with a scar. Whoever intends to intervene in issues need to answer the following questions personally:
1. Is this an issue with direct bearing on me?
2. Is it my responsibility to carry out the intended intervention?
3. What is the limit of my intervention?
4. Do I have sufficient background information to aid my intervention?
5. Am I sufficiently equipped knowledge-wise to attempt an intervention.
One may ask all the above questions and conclude that he/she has such responsibilities. Onlookers may not be able to contest the decision arrived at but the outcome of the whole episode will reveal the aptness of such decisions as to whether it was a good or bad decision. This outcome may leave the situation worse or better but more importantly may leave the individual severely and irreversibly bruised psychologically, emotionally and sometimes physically like the case of Moses and that is if no life is lost as a consequence.
No other decision outside those divinely made and guided by the responses to the above question, should determine the action to be taken when intervention is required else such interventions or involvement will always lead to regrets. I pray for someone reading this for wisdom to know one’s limits in such situations and if such a person is already in a problem caused by wrong intervention or involvement in issues, the God of mercy will Himself intervene and save such from the self imposing discomfort that he/she has found him/her self in Jesus name. Amen.