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Left Over but Valuable

Read Amos 5:1 through 9:15

When people make their own clothes, they purchase patterns and material at a fabric store. After selecting the desired fabric, a salesperson unrolls the bolt of cloth to cut off the required yardage. However, occasionally a person can purchase a remnant or a shorter length of fabric that is left after most of the fabric has been removed from a bolt. It is left over to be sure—but still valuable and useful.

Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. Perhaps the Lord God Almighty will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph (Amos 5:15).

As Amos proclaimed grim judgments on his people, he also offered the hope of mercy for those he called the “remnant of Joseph.” This was a small number of loyal believers that God could preserve. In a way they were like the remnants of cloth—left over, but still valuable. This, of course, is a reassuring message for Amos’ audience and for us today. Indeed, God always preserves His people—for their benefit and His glory.

Prayer Suggestion: Lord, help me trust You even when I seem to be alone in following You.

Quicklook: Amos 5:14–17

 

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