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“What Are You Doing?”

Have you ever wanted to ask someone in authority this question? Sometimes it is difficult to understand why someone is making a certain decision when it affects others. Whether it be an employer, a parent, a pastor, or even government leadership, sometimes it is appropriate to question…

Our founding fathers were not intimidated by this idea of the people questioning the government when necessary. Thomas Jefferson penned the following to Richard Paine in 1789. Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government…Whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights!”

While we may not like to question earthly authority, we often have little trouble questioning God’s authority in our lives as our Creator. I have often asked “why did You withhold what I prayed for,” or, “how long do I have to wait?” As a follower of Christ, I know I can go to Him with my questions, and sometimes I do receive an answer. But I find scripture throughout God’s Word that reminds me that I cannot demand to know “what are you doing?” We are the clay, He is the Potter. (Isaiah 45:9)

Earthly authority demands our respect, but we the people have a responsibility to help guide those we have put in leadership, even questioning government decisions when necessary. Complete trust and a completely surrendered will should be given only to our God.

About Lisa

My husband Dan and I have three children and three grandchildren. We live in central Illinois. I am a graduate of The Institute of Children's Literature, a member of, and a member of SCBWI. My writings have been published at, in DevotionMagazine, the PrairieWind Newsletter, and here at

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  1. Amen Lisa!

  2. Yes, Amen!
    It seems that we’re more likely to question our perfect, all-knowing Creator who loves us, than to question the imperfect authorities of this world.
    What we should do is trust God and keep the authorities of this world in check.

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