I will wait
The hit song from Mumford and Sons echoes the longing of Christians for Jesus' return.
Mumford and Sons song “I will wait” is a cracking piece of music. There is so much to like about it. And as I look at the words, I can’t help but think that they express something of the Christian life. See if you agree:
These days of dust
Which we've known
Will blow away with this new sun
How true. Nothing in this world lasts. These days are dust. We all come from the dust and we will return to the dust (Psalm 103:14b-16, Ecclesiastes 3:20).
But all who “kneel down” in repentance and faith in Jesus, and “wait” for his return, can look forward to so much more than this life can offer!
In 1 Thessalonians 1:9b-10, Paul describes Christians as people who have "turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead - Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath".
A Christian is someone who turns to God, serves God and waits for God’s Son, Jesus, to come back and rescue us from the coming wrath and bring them into eternal paradise.
Jesus came once to die and rise again in order to save us. But he is coming back again one day, to be the final, eternal rescue from God’s righteous anger at sin and to bring us into his eternal Kingdom.
What to do as we wait
Having knelt down before God, the Christian sings, with even more enthusiasm than Mumford and Sons, "I will wait, I will wait for you, Jesus".
- As we wait, we too can be “bold” and “strong” in the Lord (Psalm 138:3; Ephesians 6:10-20)
- We use our “heads” alongside our “hearts” (Matthew 22:37)
- We strive to “tame the flesh” (Galatians 5:16-26)
- We “fix” our “eyes” on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2)
- And we aim to free our minds from lies and be captivated by the "truth" (John 14:6)
So I can enjoy singing along to this song with Mumford and Sons. But as I do this, I can be reminded of some great Christian truths and sing with great joy and conviction as a disciple of Jesus. I hope you can do both these things too.