Do either of these scenarios sound familiar? A young father tries to read a storybook Bible to his small children as they complain about being hungry, repeatedly try to pinch each other, and with great concentration use their index finger to excavate their nostrils. Or a middle-age father tries to read a chapter of the Gospel of John to his teenage children as they complain about not being allowed to have their smart phones during family worship, stare at the floor without expression, and roll their eyes when he asks them questions.
Parents, are either of those scenarios a realistic description of your family worship times? These kinds of responses make you want to give up on doing family worship altogether, don’t they? You may think to yourself, “They’re not listening and it’s obvious that they don’t want to do this, so why should we? They’re not getting anything out of it and I’m left tired and frustrated.”
While I believe there are many reasons why we should persevere when these scenarios are commonplace, let me offer just one today. Dads and moms, when you consistently meet together with your kids for family worship eve when they misbehave or pitch a fit, you are communicating something extremely important even if they never hear a word you say. You are communicating that the Bible is worth sticking to; that it is worth returning to again and again even in the face of obstacles or hindrances. If family worship remains a constant in your home, your kids will look back and remember that their parents cherished God’s Word and saw it as something that should never be neglected.
Whether we realize it or not, consistency in family worship give great support to 2 Timothy 3:16-17: All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. If you keep at it, there won’t be much room in your kids’ minds to doubt that you believed the Bible is inspired by God and that it is sufficient in revealing everything a believer needs to know to live an obediently before the Lord.