Read: Psalm 100
When children do not follow their parents’ example of faith in God, it is rather unexpected. It is another surprising thing to see a person with deep commitment to Jesus emerging from a family where faith is not present. Every person in every generation has a choice and God honours that.
Samuel was a great prophet of God who appointed his two sons, Joel and Abijah to be leaders over Israel (1 Sam. 8:1-2). Unlike Samuel, they were corrupt and disobedient, and “turned aside after dishonest gain, took bribes, and perverted justice” (1 Sam. 8:3). However, after some years, we see Heman, Joel’s son, appointed as a musician in the house of the Lord (1 Chron. 6:31-33). Heman and Asaph, the author of many of the psalms, served the Lord by singing songs (1 Chron. 15:16-17).
Even if a person is indifferent to the faith of his or her parents, God can still work. Things can change and the seeds of faith may sprout to life in later generations. The important thing is that if you pray for your generations, God will work. No matter what the situation may be, “the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations” (Ps. 100:5).