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Some Bible verses should come with warning labels. It might be nice to know beforehand what we’re really getting ourselves into when we ask God for guidance and He leads us to a familiar verse. A little disclaimer can go a long way. Here are a few examples:

“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19, NKJV).
Disclaimer: Recipient not the judge of needs.Overnight delivery not guaranteed.

"For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future'” (Jeremiah 39:11, NIV).
Disclaimer: Acceptance of these plans requires instant abandon of your own. Immediate satisfaction not guaranteed.

"I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh" (Ezekiel 36:26, NIV).
WARNING: “I don’t believe in anesthesia, you will be fully awake during the procedure.”

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, 
and he will direct your paths" (Proverbs 3: 5-6, NKJV).
Disclaimer: Achievement of this is much more difficult than it seems. Pathways not usually lit.

More Than Bargained For

Sometimes when we ask God for help we get more than we bargained for, or less. It’s easy to be led by God when we know where we’re going, when he’s slowly spoon-feeding us the way and clearly showing us why we should follow. This is the stage of signs and contented deep breaths, this is when we feel and see God’s hand working in our lives. But when we’re not spiritual babies anymore, things get a lot harder. God starts to ask us to rely on faith.

We ask God what He wants us to do with our lives, and His answer makes us cringe. That’s not exactly what I had in mind, Jesus. Are you sure? Then we fight with God, a fight we always lose. We thought that in these verses we would find our answer, and instead we found His. And we’re not sure we like it very much.

However, just like some verses, perhaps this article should too have a disclaimer: Listening to Jesus, these verses—the whole Bible— is absolutely worth each disclaimer. Things will not be as we expect them at first, but are not God’s plans infinitely better than our own? He knows us better than even we know ourselves. Setting aside our own plans to make room for His isn’t the easiest thing to do, but it is the most rewarding. A life doing what Christ intended you to do is worth every stress, every pain, every struggle, every plan you set aside. Best of all, God's love is always 100% guaranteed.

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