that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work."
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV)
Years ago I worked in a factory. There were several things I was responsible for there and one of those things was some light maintenance. When I first started to work at this company I did not have any tools to use so I was not prepared to do the work required of me. As I took the position where I was responsible for some maintenance work, I needed to buy some tools and a tool belt; I had to go to the store that sold the proper equipment and get that equipment. Without the right tools I was ill-equipped and no matter how committed or sincere I was I could not do my job.
When Paul wrote his second letter to Timothy, Paul told Timothy about how profitable God's Word is, it is beneficial in many ways. Paul went on to say that God's Word will make us complete and equip us to do every good work that God has planned for us. By looking at this verse in a little different way we get the idea that if we are lacking something, if we are not properly equipped to do what we are doing for God, then a lack of God's Word may be our problem. If we are struggling in our Christian life it could be that we are ill-equipped, we need more of God's Word.
We may love God and want to do our best for Him but without a thorough understanding of God's Word we will not have what we really need to do God's will. Too many Christians are under developed spiritually and when they face a challenging situation in their life they are not prepared to deal with it and failure is the result. God has given us His Word to equip us and prepare us for the life He has called us to lead; we need to be sure we are spending time reading and studying His Word to be developed and properly equipped to do the will of God.