Before we can turn our lives over to God, we need to have an accurate understanding of who he is. It's crucial that our lives be turned over to the God who loves us, and not the "god" of this world who seeks only to deceive and destroy. The apostle Paul described the deceiver this way: "Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don't believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don't understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God" (2 Corinthians 4:4). Has Satan deceived us? How can we be sure that we have a true understanding of God?
When Paul addressed the men of Athens he said, "I saw your many shrines. And one of your altars had this inscription on it: 'To an Unknown God.' This God, whom you worship without knowing, is the one I'm telling you about. . . . His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him-though he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and exist" (Acts 17:23, 27-28).
Even though God may be unknown to us, he is near and willing to reveal himself. God has promised, "If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me" (Jeremiah 29:13). Turning over our will involves becoming willing to accept God as he is, instead of insisting on creating him in our own image. When we look for God with an open heart and mind, we will find him.
As we seek God, he makes himself known to us.