“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness
and who seek the Lord:
Look to the rock from which you were cut
and to the quarry from which you were hewn; – Isaiah 51:1
I love this verse because it reminds me of a saying my mother used to always say to my brother and me when we were growing up, which was “hold your head high because you come from good stock”. It wasn’t because we were different or had anything more than others. No, contrary to that, my family on both sides grew up poor and had to work for every opportunity that came their way – many times through doors that were slammed in their faces. It was her reminder that we should be proud because our identity was rooted deep in our family’s identity, morals, and ethics. We were a family that worked hard, believed in the Lord and were created for a purpose.
Isaiah 51:1 is a reminder to all in the family of Jesus Christ that you are intimately tied to The Rock, Jesus Christ. The quarry you come from is not a dumping ground, trash pit or junkyard – No, it is a mighty and powerful kingdom, filled with love and possibility. The Bible says you are wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) and because of that some people are going to hate but keep on walking – head high.
But don’t forget this one important point – remind your haters they are wonderfully made too. They have a purpose. Maybe if they knew this then they wouldn’t hate so much.