It is almost a norm amongst all humans that if we are asked ‘what do you need?’ we end up telling the questioner what we want which most times is not necessarily what we need, in fact we are so carried away by our wants that we do not know actually what we need. As its applicable to individuals, its applicable also to communities which is not that hard to see because the communities are made up of individuals.
I’m sure when you saw the topic and you thought through what the need of this generation is, you will possibly think of worldwide economic stability, peace and all the rest but this is not the need of this generation, yes it will be good to have peace, economic stability, more employment opportunities and all other things but this are just what we want, they are not necessarily what we need in this generation.
So, what do we need? Since we have noticed that we easily misplace need for wants and we can not identify our need ourselves, it would be reasonable to say an external being is well suited to identify this need for us, As for me, I believe that such being that exist is GOD the creator of us all in the first place.
God gave us a book the HOLY BIBLE in it we find God’s words to us, there in Romans 8:19 we are told “the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the Sons of God” (King James Version)
from the text, we can identify that the need of this generation and other generations before it is the manifestation of the sons of God.
Who are the Sons of God?
The sons of God are not angels as some have us to think so but are actually those who have accepted Jesus Christ into their lives because the bible tells us they have been given power to be called sons of God (John 1:12, Romans 8:14), Ellen White under the inspiration of God in her book Education identified the need of the world/this generation as; “The greatest want of the world is the want of MEN, men who will not be bought or sold, men who in their inmost souls are true and honest, men who do not fear to call sin by its right name, whose conscience are true to duty as needle to the pole, men who will stand for the right though the heaven fall”
(NOTE: the use of the words ‘Son(s)’ and ‘Men’ does not exclude the female gender, it is more of a generalizing word that is synonymous with Child(ren) of God).
What are they expected to manifest?
From the quote above we can see that the manifestation is definitely not of material possession but of a godly character similar to that of Christ( who is the greatest need of the world) while he was on earth, this same character was portrayed by the heroes and heroines of the bible e.g. Noah, infact I will go further to say the need of this generation is Noah-like people.
Why Noah?
Well, Jesus says in Matthew 24:37,38 that “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.”
Are we at The time of the coming of the Lord/Is our time “as it was in the time of Noah”?
Ellen White in Desire of Ages had this to write about the time of Noah ” How was it in Noah’s day?…God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was evil continually.”Gen,6:5. The Inhabitants of the antediluvian world turned from Jehovah, refusing to do his holy will. They followed their own unholy imagination and perverted ideas. It was because of their wickedness that they were destroyed and today the world is following the same way”(Desire Of Ages Page633.2) Is that not true today as it was then?
We can find the anti-antediluvian practices in Matthew 24:38; Eating, Drinking, marrying and giving in marriage this things you will say are not wrong but when put in place of God or done against God’s will it becomes a problem (Exodus 20:3,) now think of any perverseness attached to those practices e.g. We can find acts like gluttony and binge eating and drinking when God calls for temperance, eating unclean foods/animals and drinking alcohol and other substances that impairs proper reasoning, same-sex marriages, marriages between believers and unbelievers, lavishing money on ceremonies, injustice and many other atrocities was done then and I believe the ones listed already rings bell right?
So now you will agree if you did not know before that we are in the last days which is similar to the times before the flood. A reading of the account of the flood in the book of Genesis, we will discover that Noah was singled out as God’s messenger and with his family was saved from the flood. It will be therefore right to consider and emulate the qualities found in Noah that helped him prior and through the flood even as we expect the coming of the Lord. This (what qualified Noah) is what would be considered in THE NEED OF THIS GENERATION 2.