Ahaziah continued in the evil ways of his wicked father, Ahab (see 1 Kings 22:51-53). He had seen the gracious and harsh acts of God toward Ahab, and yet, he followed in the evil path of his father anyway. The apple didn’t fall far from the tree, as this passage highlights.
When parents detest God or minimize Him, they shouldn’t be surprised when their children do the same. When we passively and implicitly teach our children that God isn’t important, our children will live that story out. Parents who inadvertently teach their children that the world revolves around them by regularly skipping corporate worship for other things shouldn’t be surprised when, later in life, their kids don’t see the local church as a big deal. Children will be influenced by what they have been taught, whether it was explicit or implicit.
What are some simple but important ways parents can disciple their children?