A Godward Heart: Treasuring the God Who Loves You by John Piper

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By John Piper

To fulfill Your Soul — with God

John Piper invitations you to adventure deeper intimacy with God via those thought-provoking and soul-enriching meditations. even if you're simply researching the divine richness of Scripture or have lengthy been a passionate pupil, you’ll discover a deeper knowing of God and renewed perception on your trip.

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What he wanted to blind was looking at him. His conscience. ”5 To free himself is to condemn another. ” To break his unspoken promise with the bishop to live an honest life. For the first time in eight years, since he stole from the young chimney sweep, after his encounter with the bishop, writes Hugo, “the unhappy man had just tasted the bitter flavor of a wicked thought and a wicked action. ”6 In the end, Madeleine listens to his conscience, listens to the bishop, listens, in essence, to God.

Humankind’s wounds, those huge sores that litter the world, do not stop at the blue and red lines drawn on maps. ”3 I analyze Hugo’s work not as a Les Misérables expert but as a fellow life traveler smitten with the story and as a firm believer that one of the gifts of great literature, theater, and movies is self-discovery. The question shouldn’t be only, what did the story say about France back then? But also, what can it say to me where I am right now? I came to love Les Miz late, not as a decades-long fan or drama critic, but as a journalist and author fascinated by the twining of life and faith, having written, among sixteen other books, 52 Little Lessons from It’s a Wonderful Life.

But the bishop believes Valjean is redeemable. After the freed man expresses wonder that the bishop would welcome a former convict into his house, Myriel says, “This is not my house; it is Christ’s . . ”7 That said, the ultimate test of the man’s concern for this stranger comes in the morning, after the police catch Valjean leaving the village with the bishop’s silverware. Why hadn’t Valjean taken the candlesticks too? he asks in front of the police. After all, says Myriel, they had been given to him as gifts along with the silverware and dishes.

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