Psalm 37:27 – “Turn away from evil and do good; so shall you dwell forever.”
God blesses the man who does not walk with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers (Ps. 1:1). Lot did not ask God’s guidance before choosing the land of Sodom and Gomorrah, that was filled with wickedness. Later we see that Lot was given a place to be seated at the Gate of Sodom (Gen. 19:1). Lot’s sons-in-law didn’t take him seriously when he asked them to flee from Sodom and Gomorrah which God intended to destroy. The sons-in-law perished when God rained Sodom and Gomorrah with fire and brimstone (Gen. 19:24). Also, Lot’s wife disobeyed by turning back and became a pillar of salt (Gen. 19:26).
Due to their disobedience to God, Adam and Eve were cast out of the garden of Eden forever (Gen. 3:23-24). King Solomon’s folly of marrying many wives and concubines, caused his heart to worship idols instead of Yahweh God. As a result, God tore his kingdom and gave it to his subordinates (1 Kings 11:11). Due to jealousy, Haman wanted to destroy Mordecai and he planned to annihilate the entire Jewish community. Instead of hanging Mordecai on the gallows, Haman was hanged on the gallows prepared for Mordecai (Esther 7:10) and his ten sons were also killed (Esther 9:7-10). God advised the Israelites to turn from evil and obey God’s commands. They grumbled and murmured against God and therefore did not inherit the Promised land Canaan except for Joshua and Caleb.
It is easy for us to be tempted not to follow God’s commands. God desires us to follow His heart, to turn from evil and do good. If we do so, He will keep the promise of preserving us (Psalm 112:1-2).