Joshua 6:2-3, 4b, 12-20b
Some people are saying that Facebook, the online social networking website, may have hit the proverbial wall in regard to its membership. Experts are claiming that nearly 6 million users in the United States canceled their accounts in the month of May alone. This would bring the membership to a mere 149.4 million, a drop of nearly 4%. A spokesperson for Facebook said that those membership numbers are based on faulty data, saying, “We are very pleased with our growth….More than 50% of our active users log on to Facebook on any given day.”* To be fair, keep in mind that Facebook’s membership in the US is roughly half the population of the United States. But as Facebook prepares to become a publicly traded company in the near future, this is not the time for losing membership, no matter how small the decline may seem. Mark Zuckerberg and his management team at Facebook may have to come up with some new, creative ideas to break through this wall and move forward to bring an increase in membership before making an initial public offering of the company’s stock.
If it is true that Facebook has reached this membership wall, then they will need to show their potential stockholders that there are more ways to grow than simply through increasing membership. I am sure that they are always on the lookout for new income sources. Meanwhile, back a few millennia, the Jewish people faced a very different wall; but they served a very creative God. The lookouts in Jericho must have been watching as the Hebrews marched around the all-powerful walled city. I believe that the lookouts were somewhat confused on the first day or two; but by day three it all must have become a source of entertainment, as this strange marching band did nothing but march and carry their trumpets. Then the seventh day came, and something very different happened. Yet until the wall fell, the people of Jericho had no idea what was really taking place: They were being invaded, and their precious wall had failed them. God is not limited by what humans do, cannot do, or will not do. Our creative and creating God will work through any situation for his children’s good. That is one promise you should share.
- What do you think about Facebook? Are you on it? Why, or why not?
- Has your church or group ever faced a problem so large that it was clear to you that the only way it could be conquered was through the power of God? If so, what happened?
- What are the walls of Jericho in your life? What are the things that you cannot overcome, no matter how hard you try? Would you be willing to ask God to help you?