“A Still Small Voice” -- By: Marion D. Aldridge

Journal: Faith and Mission
Volume: FM 07:2 (Spring 1990)
Article: “A Still Small Voice”
Author: Marion D. Aldridge


“A Still Small Voice”

Marion D. Aldridge

Pastor, Greenlawn Baptist Church
Columbia, South Carolina

Primary Text: I King 19:11–12

“And he said, ‘Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord.’ And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire, a still small voice.”

Secondary Text: Romans 8:5–11

Be Still: A Responsive Reading

Leader: “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.” (Psalm 37:7)

Congregation: “The Lord will fight for you; and you have only to be still.” (Exodus 14:14)

Leader: “Now then, stand still and see this great thing which the Lord will do before your eyes.” (I Samuel 12:16)

Congregation: “They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength.” (Isaiah 40:31)

Leader: “After he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone.” (Matthew 14:23)

Congregation: “You have wearied the Lord with your words.” (Malachi 2:17)

Leader: “Stop here yourself for a while that I may make known to you the word of God.” (I Samuel 9:27)

Congregation: “I will meditate on thy wondrous works.” (Psalm 119:27) Leader: “The Lord is in his holy temple: Let all the earth keep silence before him.” (Habakkuk 2:20)

Congregation: “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)

Spirituality has become a buzz word in the last few years, not only among Christians but also among people with other faith orientations. I suspect you will run across it more and more frequently in the years ahead in your reading and in your listening. Unfortunately, there is enough ambiguity in so comprehensive and imprecise a term as spirituality that it usually means a dozen things to a dozen different people. In fact, right next door to spirituality in the dictionary is the ...

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