I like the word “hewn.” Look at the rock from which you were HEWN, and the to the quarry your cut out of… Abraham your father… I called him when he was alone and blessed him and increased him. — Isaiah 51:1
The present tense of hewn is “hew.” I’d never heard that before. “Hewn” means to be cut out of.
God encourages the Israelites (who see Abraham as HUGE) to regard Abraham as SMALL in his beginnings. Indeed, Abraham didn’t have any children until he was 100 years old (and his wife was 90). Yet God had promised to make a nation out of him. Talk about feeling small. And not up for the task.
Despite such an inauspicious beginning, Israel did become a great nation. It still is with Jews scattered over the world.
God is encouraging the Israelites — at a time when they are rebuilding their nation and are small and insignificant — that they will be able to do the impossible, to re-start their nation.
In God, small things lead to big. And you should never flag in faith because you are looking at your circumstances. Look at Abraham.