By Jason Rishel, Missionary to Burkina Faso

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering, for He is faithful that promised. Hebrews 10:23

In Burkina Faso, one of the most common building materials is mud. Just mix dirt and water, form mud bricks, bake them out in the sun, put them together with some binding, and you have a place to live.

The mud huts work great for the majority of the year. They are cheap, hold out the heat, and are convenient. But then comes the rainy season. Heavy rains pour down nearly every day. And those mud huts, which a day earlier stood so strong, are soon melted back into mud and lying broken on the ground.

In our lives, we face the choice of what promises on which we will build our lives. Sadly, many choose promises like the mud hut—promises built around money, religion, or people. They pour all their time, effort, and resources into this promise. And for a while, life is great, and everything is going well. But then, the “rain” in life, the dark and difficult times, begins to fall, and the promise they so firmly held to, the god they clung to, the life they wanted comes crashing down all around them. They need that promise the most at that very moment, but it fails them.

The above verse from Hebrews is a powerful reminder that we serve a God in Heaven who is faithful. When we build our lives on Him and the promises found in His Word, we can rest easy in the truth that no matter what we face in life, our God is faithful and will not fail us. No matter how great the problem, how deep the pain, or how dark the circumstances, our God is greater and He is on our side.