"Life is not a place for proving to God or anybody your strength. Life is a place for proving whose strength you trust—man's or God's. Life is not a place for proving the power of your intelligence to know truth. It's a place for proving the power of God's grace to show truth (Matthew 16:17). Life is not a field for demonstrating the force of our will to make good choices. It's a field for showing how the beauty of Christ takes us captive and constrains us to choose and run for his glory." ~ John Piper
Oh how I love that opening line! Likewise, Psalm 118:8 is one of my favorites I preach to myself.
8It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to trust in man.
Why do I get so wrapped up in what people think? Experience (and the bible) has taught me man will hear and believe anything whether it is truth or not! Look at Christ for example. He was perfect and upright. If anyone knew how to be pleasing to God it was Him, right? Yet, He was still falsely accused, rejected, and despised! Man looked at Him and said, "I don't believe you!" So, why should I get so indignant when/if something similar happens to me?
God and Nutrition
Have you ever thought you were eating something healthy only to read the label (or report) and find you were mistaken...maybe even mislead! Other times there is a difference of opinion and unbelief or doubt stirs up strife. With diabetes running rampant, for example, the cause makes for debate. Also, is it better to go vegan, vegetarian, or organic? Without all and/or accurate information, how can a determination be made? How can one get to know good nutrition?
I feel the same can be said for becoming acquainted with God. There are so many variations out there...false messages, false profits, false teachers.
God's Word and Counterfeit Money
I was told, once, about a man who had to identify counterfeit money. When he was asked how he did it with so many fakes floating around and ways to create them he said he had to know the real one really well (inside, outside, upside down) so he could spot any deviance a mile away.
With the Holy Spirit, we are capable of doing that with the Word of God.
17And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 16:17. ESV.)