Wondered by the Word Holy Bible A Chronological bible in a year reading plan

Choose to find your purpose and live it to the full


As this morning starts I remember when we did a series on purpose many years ago at church that used the resources of The Purpose Drive Life by Rick Warren. I remember how we aren’t accidents, even if our parents may not have planned for us because God created us on purpose! I remember how we aren’t to be wandering around lost but that God created us with purpose! I remember how we are to be living our that purpose for the glory of God!

During the covid years, I started reading books while riding my stationary bike and one of those books kick started my pursuit to live to the full in the purpose God had given me. I was reading the book: The Cause Within You – Finding The One Great Thing God Created You To Do In This World by Matthew Marnett. I remember praying one day based on the section I was in and hearing be the dad. Working at GoDaddy at the time, I started my domain search and it was already taken but bethedads.com was available. I remember praying and asking God about it and even started to evaluate all the time and effort I put into things to see which things aligned to the purpose God was calling me to. It was an interesting exercise and showed me how so much of my life was aligned as well as opportunities yet to come. So I started the site in 2021with a skeleton of what it will be come including some data around the importance of dads. God gave me a vision that it was to go beyond just me (hence dads instead of dad). God gave me a mission to be the dad that my wife needs, my kids need, and my world needs me to be. God gave me ideas of things to come like outreaches into the schools, to incarcerated dads, to small groups, to bible studies, and more and fortunately God didn’t drop all that on me or I might have gotten overwhelmed. As 2021 was drawing to a close I was praying how I could move forward on this Be The Dads thing and God gave me the idea to switch up my devotional time to do devotionals about and for dads. As I was starting my search for dad devotional on the Bible.com site, God put a check in my spirit as to what the original authors might think about me writing about their devotionals. So I reached out to them to get their opinion and approval. Through the process I have gotten to make many connections and a year’s worth of posts for dads. So as 2022 was drawing to a close I asked God for ideas for 2022 and the idea of a podcast came up and as I talked to my kids about it I realized that unlike the easy read my blog posts, it needed to be more and personal with my voice and so I got some equipment for Christmas from the family and am getting ready to get that started. With the blog posts I am also considering if their might be a place, a time, a space where inviting dads to come together and start talking about how we can support each other and be the dads that our wives, our kids, and our world needs us to be but that is a story for another day.

So how about you? Have you found your purpose? Have you seeked it and asked God to reveal it? Have you accepted and received it to the point where you are starting to pursue it? Are you looking for references or resources to help you? Consider the books by Matthew Barnett and Rick Warren and pray and then receive what God has purposed for you, investigate and plan what that means, then pursue it for the glory of God!

‘This is God’s Word on the subject: “As soon as Babylon’s seventy years are up and not a day before, I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. This is God’s Word on the subject: “As soon as Babylon’s seventy years are up and not a day before, I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. ‘

Jeremiah 29:10-11

‘Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. ‘

Romans 8:26-28

‘“I know that You can do all things, And that no thought or purpose of Yours can be restrained. ‘

Job 42:2

Here is a link to more scripture on purpose: 50 Meaningful Bible Scriptures on Purpose


Today’s Reading:

  • Job 18
  • Job 19
  • Job 20
  • Job 21

My Notes:

Even If

Today’s reading included a devotional titled “Even If” focusing on Job 19’s verses:

‘My bone clings to my skin and to my flesh, And I have escaped [death] by the skin of my teeth. Even after my [mortal] skin is destroyed [by death], Yet from my [immortal] flesh I will see God, ‘

Job 19:20,26

For many years as I read through the Bible I struggled when I got to the book of Job because I was usually struggling with something and could relate to him closely. I wouldn’t say that I had or have the character of Job where God would put me out there with the devil and yet I could relate to what he was going through. It took over a decade before the hope of the book of Job showed up for me to not cringe when I got to Job. Before 2013 even if things were going ok and I got to the book of Job I took it as a sign to get ready for something and remember to lean in and trust God.

Today’s devotional written by Brittany Rust gives us some pretty powerful things to consider and reflect upon:

Job 18:

Bildad takes another swipe going from light into darkness, speaking of the wicked.

  • ‘Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said, “How long will you hunt for words and continue these speeches? Do some clear thinking and show understanding and then we can talk. Why are we regarded as beasts, As if [we are] stupid (senseless) in your eyes? You who tear yourself apart in anger, Is the earth to be abandoned for your sake, Or the rock to be moved out of its place? “Indeed, the light of the wicked will be put out, And the flame of his fire will not shine. The light will be dark in his tent, And his lamp beside him will be put out. The vigorous stride will be shortened, And his own counsel and the scheme [in which he trusted] will bring his downfall. For the wicked is thrown into a net by his own feet (wickedness), And he steps on the webbing [of the lattice-covered pit]. A snare catches him by the heel, And a trap snaps shut on him. A noose is hidden for him on the ground, And a trap for him on the path. Terrors frighten him on every side And chase at his heels. The strength [of the wicked] is famished and weakened, And disaster is ready at his side [if he stops]. His skin is devoured by disease; The firstborn of death [the worst of diseases] consumes his limbs. He is torn from his tent which he trusted [for safety], And he is marched and brought to the king of terrors (death). Nothing of his dwells in his tent; Brimstone (burning sulfur) is scattered over his dwelling [to purify it]. The roots [of the wicked] are dried up below, And above, his branch is cut off and withers. Memory of him perishes from the earth, And he has no name on the street. He is driven and propelled from light into darkness, And chased from the inhabited world. He has no offspring or prosperity among his people, Nor any survivor where he sojourned. Those in the west are astonished and appalled at his fate, And those in the east are seized with horror. Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked and the ungodly, And such is the place of him who does not know or recognize or honor God.”’ Job 18:1-21

Job 19:

Friends might try to help but sometimes what they say can hurt and feel insulting. We might find ourselves in a touch spot and even cry out for help but nobody bothers.

  • ‘Then Job answered and said, “How long will you torment and exasperate me And crush me with words? These ten times you have insulted me; You are not ashamed to wrong me [and harden your hearts against me]. And if it were true that I have erred, My error would remain with me [and I would be conscious of it]. If indeed you [braggarts] vaunt and magnify yourselves over me And prove my disgrace (humiliation) to me, Know then that God has wronged me and overthrown me And has closed His net around me. ‘ Job 19:1-6
  • Ever felt like everyone is against you? You cry out for help, and you don’t find any?
    • ‘“Behold, I cry out, ‘Violence!’ but I am not heard; I shout for help, but there is no justice. He has walled up my way so that I cannot pass, And He has set darkness upon my paths. He has stripped me of my honor And removed the crown from my head. He breaks me down on every side, and I am gone; He has uprooted my hope like a tree. He has also kindled His wrath [like a fire] against me And He considers and counts me as one of His adversaries. His troops come together And build up their way and siege works against me And camp around my tent. “He has put my brothers far from me, And my acquaintances are completely estranged from me. My relatives have failed [me], And my intimate friends have forgotten me. Those who live [temporarily] in my house and my maids consider me a stranger; I am a foreigner in their sight. I call to my servant, but he does not answer; I have to implore him with words. My breath is repulsive to my wife, And I am loathsome to my own brothers. Even young children despise me; When I get up, they speak against me. All the men of my council hate me; Those I love have turned against me. My bone clings to my skin and to my flesh, And I have escaped [death] by the skin of my teeth. Have pity on me! Have pity on me, O you my friends, For the hand of God has touched me. Why do you persecute me as God does? Why are you not satisfied with my flesh (anguish)? ‘ Job 19:7-22
  • Don’t lose hope! Lean in on God instead! Trust God rather than trying to lean on your own understanding! Acknowledge God and allow Him to show you the path to take!
    • ‘“Oh, that the words I now speak were written! Oh, that they were recorded in a scroll! That with an iron stylus and [molten] lead They were engraved in the rock forever! For I know that my Redeemer and Vindicator lives, And at the last He will take His stand upon the earth. Even after my [mortal] skin is destroyed [by death], Yet from my [immortal] flesh I will see God, Whom I, even I, will see for myself, And my eyes will see Him and not another! My heart faints within me. If you say, ‘How shall we [continue to] persecute him?’ And ‘What pretext for a case against him can we find [since we claim the root of these afflictions is found in him]?’ Then beware and be afraid of the sword [of divine vengeance] for yourselves, For wrathful are the punishments of that sword, So that you may know there is judgment.”’ Job 19:23-29

Job 20:

Zophar decides to take another try and speaks of how some savor evil as a delicacy and yet how the triumph of the wicked is short and the joy of the godless is only for a moment.

  • ‘Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said, “Therefore my disquieting thoughts make me answer, Because of the uneasiness that is within me. I have heard the reproof which insults me, But the spirit of my understanding makes me answer. Do you not know this from the old days, Since the time that man was placed on the earth, That the triumphing of the wicked is short, And the joy of the godless is only for a moment? Though his pride reaches the heavens And his head touches the clouds, Yet he perishes forever like his own refuse; Those who have seen him will say, ‘Where is he?’ He flies away like a dream and cannot be found; Yes, he is chased away like a vision of the night. The eye which saw him sees him no longer, Neither does his [accustomed] place behold him any longer. His sons favor the poor [and pay his obligations], And his hands give back his [ill-gotten] wealth. His bones are full of youthful strength But it lies down with him in the dust. “Though evil and wickedness are sweet in his mouth And he hides it under his tongue, Though he desires it and will not let it go But holds it in his mouth, Yet his food turns [to poison] in his stomach; It is the venom of vipers within him. He swallows [his ill-gotten] riches, But will vomit them up; God will drive them out of his belly. He sucks the poison of vipers [which ill-gotten wealth contains]; The viper’s tongue slays him. He does not look at the rivers, The flowing streams of honey and butter [to enjoy his wealth]. He gives back what he has labored for and attained And cannot swallow it [down to enjoy it]; As to the riches of his labor, He cannot even enjoy them. For he has oppressed and neglected the poor; He has violently taken away houses which he did not build. “Because he knew no quietness or calm within him [because of his greed], He does not retain anything he desires. There is nothing left of what he devoured; Therefore his prosperity does not endure. In the fullness of his excess (great abundance) he will be in trouble; The hand of everyone who suffers will come against him [he is miserable on every side]. When he fills his belly, God will send His fierce anger on him And will rain it upon him while he is eating. He may flee from the iron weapon, But the bow of bronze will pierce him through. The arrow is drawn forth and it comes out of his back [after passing through his body]; Yes, the glittering point comes out of his gall. Terrors march in upon him; Complete darkness (misfortune) is held in reserve for his treasures. An unfanned fire will devour him; It will consume the survivor in his tent. The heavens will reveal his wickedness and guilt, And the earth will rise up against him. The produce and increase of his house will depart [with the victors]; His possessions will be dragged away in the day of God’s wrath. This is the wicked man’s portion from God, And the heritage decreed and appointed to him by God.”’ Job 20:1-29

Job 21:

Job responds to Zophar and even questions why the wicked have it so good.

  • ‘Then Job answered and said, “Listen carefully to my speech, And let this be the consolation. Bear with me, and I also will speak; And after I have spoken, you may [continue to] mock [me]. As for me, is my complaint to man or about him? And why should I not be impatient and my spirit troubled? Look at me and be astonished and appalled; And put your hand over your mouth. Even when I remember, I am troubled and afraid; Horror and trembling take hold of my flesh. Why do the wicked still live, Become old, and become mighty in power? Their children and descendants are established with them in their sight, And their offspring before their eyes. Their houses are safe from fear; And the rod of God is not on them. His bull breeds and does not fail; His cow calves and does not miscarry. They send forth their little ones like a flock, And their children skip about. They lift up their voices and sing to the tambourine and the lyre And rejoice to the sound of the flute. They fully enjoy their days in prosperity, And so go down to Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead) in a [peaceful] moment. Yet they say to God, ‘Depart from us, For we do not desire the knowledge of Your ways. Who [and what] is the Almighty, that we should serve Him? And what would we gain if we plead with Him?’ But notice, the prosperity of the wicked is not in their hand (in their power); The counsel of the wicked [and the mystery of God’s dealings with the ungodly] is far from my comprehension. “How often [then] is it that the lamp of the wicked is put out, And that their disaster falls on them? Does God distribute pain and destruction and sorrow [to them] in His anger? Are they like straw before the wind, And like chaff that the storm steals and carries away? You say, ‘God stores away [the punishment of] man’s wickedness for his children.’ Let God repay him so that he may know and experience it. Let his own eyes see his destruction, And let him drink of the wrath of the Almighty. For what pleasure does he have in his house and family after he is dead, When the number of his months [of life] is cut off? Can anyone teach God knowledge, Seeing that He judges those on high? One dies in his full strength, Being wholly at ease and quiet and satisfied; His pails are full of milk [his sides are filled out with fat], And the marrow of his bones is moist, Whereas another dies with a bitter soul, Never even tasting pleasure or good fortune. Together they lie down in the dust, And the worms cover them. “Behold, I know your thoughts, And the plots by which you would wrong me. For you say, ‘Where is the house of the noble man? And where is the tent, the dwelling place of the wicked?’ Have you not asked those who travel this way, And do you not recognize their witness? That evil men are [now] reserved for the day of disaster and destruction, They will be led away on the day of [God’s] wrath? But who will confront him with his actions and rebuke him face to face, And who will repay him for what he has done? When he is carried to his grave, A guard will keep watch over his tomb. The [dirt] clods of the valley are sweet to him [and gently cover him], Moreover, all men will follow after him [to a grave], While countless ones go before him. How then can you vainly comfort me with empty words, Since your answers remain untrue?”’ Job 21:1-34

So let’s cling to the victory of Jesus! Let’s click to the truth that our purpose is to spend eternity with God rather than apart from God! Let’s not worry about the temporary wins that the wicked seem to be having but instead focus on the eternal wins we will have as we follow Jesus and will receive the prize of eternity with God!


For 2023 I am returning to the pattern of reading through the Bible in a Year and as such will use it as my source for the upcoming year of BeTheDads.com devotionals.

Did you read something today that felt like a new revelation? Would you be willing to leave a comment or question? Are you walking your life with God? Have you made the decision to invite Jesus into your life so that you can have the divide covered? Have you invited Jesus to be Your Lord and Savior, paying the ultimate price to cover the original sin for we have all missed the mark, all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and we all need Jesus, our Lord and Savior to help us be forgiven and reconciled back to God! Could today be your day? Let’s pray:

The sinner's prayer
Heavenly Father, I come to you in prayer asking for the forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my mouth and believe with my heart that Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose frmo the dead and I ask you right now to come into  my life and be my personal Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and will Worship you all the day's of my Life! Because your word is truth, I confess with my mouth that I am Born Again and Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus Name, Amen.

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