9 These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God. 10 And Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Ge 6:9–22). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
7 Then the LORD said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Ge 7:1). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
In the beginning, God told Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply. Blessings flow from God into families. God did not find Shem, Ham, and Japheth to be righteous. God did not find their wives to be righteous. God did not even find Noah’s wife to be righteous. But God did find Noah righteous and because of Noah’s righteous his family could partake of his blessings.
Family is so important to God. The headship of a righteous believer in a family cannot be understated. Fathers, love your wives and children and raise them to fear the Lord. Will the dying child of a believer, not yet of an age of independence, go home to the Lord? Yes, I believe so. And this story of Noah shows it. The child of the believer partakes of the blessings of the believer. Noah’s sons, his sons’ wives, and Noah’s own wife could find refuge in the ark because of Noah. Our children can find refuge in the ark that is the Christ because of our faith.
When they get to an age of deciding for themselves, they will make that choice. But God’s blessings flow to families and the righteous man’s family can find refuge in Christ.