"...Light shines in the darkness…" - John 1:5

Light is revealing, healing, and empowering. The revealing value of light in scattering darkness provides direction. In the dark, one is liable to stumble over even the smallest of obstacles in the path. Darkness can only surrender to the strength of light and can never overcome light. Even the smallest light illumines the darkest of nights. By light’s revealing power, one is provided access to a field of vision that would otherwise be inaccessible, allowing the discovery of new things or finding things that are missing or misplaced, as well as giving one the opportunity to develop plans for either evading or navigating around obstacles.

The healing power of light is proven in the use of some forms of red and infrared LED light used to expedite the healing of post-surgical patients. Medical studies have revealed light’s positive affects on the vascular system through improved metabolism of nitric oxide, leading to dilation of tissue that improves the oxygen flow to critical tissue in the healing process. Furthermore, studies have shown that singular spectrum light is beneficial in treating infection associated with surface wounds. LED’s have a host of other benefits including reduction of scar tissue, increasing lymphatic system activity, relieving edema, promotes repair of connective tissue, and the list could continue, but I think you get the picture.

The empowering worth of light is increasingly being leveraged in our world by converting light’s real power from the sun into electricity. The power grid across America is increased by those who invest in panels that can absorb the sun’s light and convert it into usable wattage for a home’s appliances. Some speculate that solar energy has the capacity for one hundred times more than the output currently being used. That’s good news for the future.

The above qualities also reflect The Creator and His virtues of righteousness.  God enlightens our minds to provide wisdom and guidance for our lives. The Bible tells us that His word is a lamp providing light for the path of life. God doesn’t want to see us trip around in the darkness of poor decisions and naïve perspectives. Jesus described Himself as the Light of the world so we would not have to stumble in the dark (John 8:12). He desires good things for us, to provide us a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).

The light of God’s Word strengthens the Believer, healing past hurts and empowering one to be an overcomer (Psalm 147:3 and Romans 8:37). We need not fear the threat of sickness or death for our Savior has conquered death and sin (I Corinthians 15:57) and is Lord over all. [Also refer to the following passages for encouragement of healing: Exodus 23:25; Proverbs 4:20-22; Psalms 30:2, 41:2&3, 103:2-4, 107:19&20, 147:3; Isaiah 53:4&5; Matthew 8:5-17, 9:35; James 5:16]

The power of God to deliver one from the oppression of darkness is proven in the life of every Believer. The light of His Word sustains us as we return to His rich supply of strength from The Reservoir of Might found in Christ. His Word is power for living, for it is that very Word that became flesh and dwelt among men who found to be the very Son of God (John 1:14). He is an ever present help in times of trouble (Psalm 146:1), in fact His strength is revealed most where the Believer is weakest (2 Corinthians 12:9). The past does not dictate the life of a Christ follower, because in the power of His might we can do all things (Philippians 4:13). If He is for us who can be against us? (Romans 8:31) THAT is power for living!

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints…” Ephesians 1:18