Listen to me, you that pursue righteousness, you that seek the Lord. Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug.” vs. 1Isaiah 51:1-3
It’s sad when people seem to have no interest in those who have gone before them. History is often ranked as one of the least popular courses of study in school. Youth will say, “What’s the point of learning about people who lived hundreds of years ago? It’s all so boring.” In their estimation all that counts is keeping up with popular culture and what’s going on in Hollywood. They know all the latest songs and rock groups but don’t know a thing about their ancestor’s story or values. Isaiah would have been appalled, and his words strike a chord, “Listen, you that seek the Lord. Look to the rock from which you were hewn.” He was talking about the patriarchs and matriarchs of Israel, and believed that the nation could find its soul after its return from exile by looking to its origins. It’s not that everyone who came before us has done everything right – not at all. But there is so much that we can learn from their missteps and failures! And it’s certainly true that those who ignore history are doomed to repeat its mistakes. There’s a lot about newness that is attractive and good, but paying attention to the old is what keeps us on track!
Thought for the Day: How do I feel about history?