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There must be something about hearing that is a big deal. Jesus said many times, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” That seems straightforward, but did you know that we tend to hear in layers? For example, maybe you go to the theatre to watch a newly released movie. Then, later when it’s released on DVD or on-demand, you watch it again. In that second viewing, you notice things you hadn’t noticed the first time. And, I’d be willing to guess that after a third viewing, you’d catch even more of the details.

Why is this important? If we hear in layers, then we need to make it a point to hear God’s Word many times over. Each time we hearif we’re truly tuned in, engaged, and listening with our ears and our spirit insidewe’ll hear more and more nuggets of truth to apply to our lives.

Remember the parable about the four types of soil? Let’s revisit it here with a fresh take on the power of hearing... and hearing... for a moment:

Now He which established us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God. (2 Cor. 1:21)

We once found a building that had great potential to become the headquarters for our ministry in Russia. The size was perfect; the location was ideal; and the price was remarkably low. We knew a deal like this didn’t come along very often, so we quickly moved to contact the seller. When we met him to discuss the building and its legal status, it sounded like everything was in order, so we requested that all the official documents concerning the building be delivered to our office for review.

Soon a huge pile of documents was delivered to our office so we could begin the difficult and laborious process of validating that everything was legally in order. When I saw the stack of documents on the table, I knew the task before us was immense, so we hired a lawyer to immediately get to work on this project. She estimated it could take up to two months to verify the legal status of this building. However, when we were only a few days into the process, we discovered there were serious complications with this property. Everything was not as it first seemed! Day by day, we dug up evidence of a mountain of problems associated with this property.

First things first! Before I am going to sign a contract and put my reputation on the line, I want to know that the paperwork is in order and be assured there is no risk to the ministry. Then and only then will I sign a deal! In the case of the documents concerning this prospective new building, I had adamantly refused to proceed until all the paperwork was in order — and I’m so glad I did!

Have you ever lost something precious to you? A loved one, a relationship, a business, a beloved article, a ton of money, a dream? And have you wondered if you could ever get your equilibrium back? I have. And that makes me think of Job in the Bible.

The book of Job can seem pretty depressing. It’s all about suffering! And really, who wants to suffer, or talk about suffering? Nobody!

But the story of Job is a perfect example of God restoring someone after trouble hits. At a glance, it seems like a book about decrease, but it’s really a book of increase and restoration!

There are lots of good things to say about Job. First, the Bible says, “[Job] was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil” (Job 1:1). He had seven sons and three daughters, and his estate was substantial. Job 1:3 says, “This man was the greatest of all the people of the East.”

So wait... here’s a guy we might want to know more about.

Job had much, but one day everything collapsed. Everything he feared came upon him (Job 3:25) and everything he had was taken away from him. Marauding enemies stole his livestock and killed his servants, fire raged through his flocks and fields, all of his children died, he became deathly ill, and his wife turned on him.


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