“And there came two angels to Sodom at even.” Genesis 19:1

Although three men had appeared to Abraham in chapter 18, only two go to Sodom because the Lord Himself does not enter into the city. Why? Psalm 66 tells us that if we regard iniquity in our hearts, the Lord will not hear us. That is, if I am purposely, rebelliously, intentionally, and arrogantly holding on to sin, when I pray, the Lord won’t hear my prayer; He’ll not come into my city; He’ll not enter into my situation.

You see, even though the sin to which I so stubbornly cling was paid for completely on the Cross of Calvary, the Lord loves me so much, He says, “I love you too much to let you go on your merry way, day after day, as though there’s nothing wrong. If I did that, you would continue in that sin, and that sin would destroy you. Consequently, you won’t feel My hand. You won’t sense My presence, not because I’m not with you – for I will never leave you nor forsake you – but because your spirit senses something is not quite right.”

When I feel as though my prayers bounce off the ceiling, it’s not because the Lord is angry with me or mad at me, disappointed in me or turning away from me. Rather, it’s an indication He’s lovingly given, to show me that something’s not right. The angels went into Sodom, but the Lord did not.

— This devotional is an excerpt from the book “A Pillar By Day” by Pastor Jon Courson. Used with permission. www.joncourson.com