S (Scripture) – Matthew 24:29-31, 42 “But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other…Therefore be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.”
O (Observation) – Almighty Lord Jesus, this day is coming. This day when the world as we know it will come to a screeching halt. Reality as we perceive it will be re-calibrated and aligned with what is true. There will be no mistaking this day. No one will miss it and read about it later. This will not be just one more event on the evening news. It will be a day of reckoning. A day where everything we have ever endured, every ounce of suffering, every victorious moment will all seem so insignificant in light of Your glory crashing into time and space once more. We just finished celebrating Your first coming as an infant; humble, human, and our Savior who suffered in our place. But on this coming day, it will be different. You will be returning as our risen Savior, glorified King, and every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess You as Lord (Philippians 2:10).
A (Application) – What a day this will be! For some, this will be a day of great joy, hope, answered prayer, and indescribable peace. For others, this will be a day of mourning, regret, sorrow, and surprise. Everyone will feel awe and wonder. You admonish us to be on the alert, as we do not know which day You are coming. As we ponder this evening what our resolutions will be for this coming year, may we be mindful of the fact that one day soon, the only things that will ultimately have any eternal significance are what we have done for Your kingdom. Everything else will fade away, and may we not have any regret that we missed out on what You had planned to accomplish through us during our time here.
P (Prayer) – We are all here for such a time as this. Lord, may we seek You first, crave Your presence, yield to Your Spirit, and watch with wonder all that You are able to accomplish through our surrendered hearts. I pray that 2017 would be a year of order – where each of us seeks to truly understand what is means to be in alignment with Your word in all areas of our lives, and as a result, we experience Your unprecedented favor. If this is the year of Your return, may we find ourselves ready.