FURNISHED Andy Hollifield 2-24-19
2 Timothy 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. (KJV)
Furnish—-to provide or supply with what is lacking
The word “furnished” appears only six times in the bible. “Furnish” is used only four times. “Furnishing” isn’t even in the bible. Probably the most well-known scripture using “furnish” is the question in Psalms 78:19 “…Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?” While Israel was in the wilderness after leaving Egypt, they tempted the Lord in Numbers 21:5 complaining about the lack of food and water and also their loathing of the manna God had provided.
One thing I like about the verse above in 2 Timothy is the use of the word “thoroughly” as an adverb and it means completely and carefully. Also perfectly and utterly. That means the man of God is furnished to the full extent of what he needs, with nothing lacking, to do the work God has given us to do. If you back up to verse 14-16, you find that we all have all that we need to do the work of the Lord. I am glad that God doesn’t do anything halfway. Why would Jesus have a room “furnished and prepared” to eat one meal with his disciples and not furnish and prepare them for the work he has for them to do? In Matthew 6:25-33, Jesus list all of the things that are needed in life such as food, drink, and clothing, and tells them not to give no thought to those things. He goes on to tell them that in verse 32 “Your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. In verse 33 he tells them “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” God will never send you to do a work that he doesn’t furnish and prepare you for. He also doesn’t send his people out only to return a failure. If he gives you something to do, you can rest assured you will have the ability to do it. Paul told the Philippians in 4:19, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” I love that whole verse but look closely at the end of it. We don’t deserve the provision and care of God. We could never do anything to ever be worthy of it. The last three words tell us how all our needs are provided: “by Christ Jesus.” He paid for all of our care and provision from the Lord when he died on Calvary. Thanks to him and his work on the cross, we have an open account, already paid in full, to get everything we need to do whatever God gives us to do. In Psalms 50:10 the Lord is speaking and saying “For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.” If God owns all of that plus the riches in glory, what would make us think he can’t supply whatever we need?
Proverbs 3:34 says “…he giveth grace unto the lowly.” James 4:6 says, “But he giveth more grace.” Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:58 that we should be “…steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord…”
Ephesians 2:4 tells us that God “is rich in mercy.” 1 Peter 1:3 says that God has “abundant mercy.” Forty-one times in the bible it says that God’s “mercy endureth forever.” Romans 5:17 says that God has an “abundance of grace” and verse 20 says “…Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” Ephesians 2:7 says that God has “exceeding riches of his grace” and 3:8 speaks of “the unsearchable riches of Christ.” In Revelation 21:18-21 we read about walls of jasper and the city itself and a street of pure gold as transparent glass, and gates of pearl. “The foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones.” With all of that grace and all of that unending mercy and the inexhaustible riches of glory, how could we ever think we would possibly want for anything that we need? I am thankful that I am serving a God who is able to provide me with everything I will ever need to be “thoroughly furnished” for every work he will ever want me to do. James 4:2 says “…ye have not because ye ask not.” Do you need something? Just ask. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!