Read: 2 Chronicles 12
Consider: Rehoboam was Solomon’s son, yet he displayed few of the character traits of his father. Where his father showed wisdom, Rehoboam rejected sound advice and followed the impetuous advice of his young friends (2 Chronicles 10). Where Solomon followed God, Rehoboam rejected him.
You might think that because Rehoboam had seen his father exercise wisdom and sound judgement, then he should have inherited some of those characteristics. This reasoning forgets that Solomon asked God for wisdom to help him lead the people as king. The Bible shows us that God-given characteristics are much more important that those we inherit from our parents. Rehoboam had been brought up in favourable circumstances, yet despite this he went his own way and rejected God. Unfortunately the Bible records Rehoboam as rejecting God all through his life and dying unrepentant.
The same may be seen in church fellowships where Christian parents might see their children rebel against sound teaching and reject God. It may be hard to accept, but everyone is individually responsible for whether they accept God or reject him. No matter who the parents are, the children must make their own decision about following God.
Pray: Father, we pray for Christian parents to be faithful in sharing the truth of the gospel with their children, leaving your Holy Spirit to bring them to a point of repentance. Amen