If you really think about it, it’s funny how new years work. We turn a page on a calendar based on a 365-day (sometimes 366!) setup that was updated several centuries ago. It would be quite arbitrary were it not for the kind of beauty that exists within numbers and dates. God is the One who was “In the beginning” (Genesis 1:1; John 1:1). He created time, and He has given us a natural appreciation for time and marking time with numbers based on the heavenly bodies we see in the sky: “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years” (Gen. 1:14, ESV).

But just about everyone across the globe marks the start of the new year in a special way. What makes Christ-followers so different? The difference is that we have gospel-saturated hope. Our firm hope in the redemption we have in Christ through faith drives us to seek God and ask, “Teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).

On Sunday nights, the middle school and high school students have been learning the value of spiritual discipline. The series comes to a close at the end of the month, but it coincides well with our church’s starting off the new year by joining together to read through the New Testament. It is a good first step toward finding a heart of wisdom in 2019. Let’s join together in anticipation of how the Lord will grow us through His Word this year.