“I say to the boastful, ‘Do not boast,’ and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horn.
Do not lift up your horn against heaven or speak arrogantly.’”
Exaltation does not come from the east, the west, or the desert
for God is the Judge:
He brings down one and exalts another.”
Those beloved Fightin’ Texas Aggies boldly sing their fight song’s chorus, “Saw Varsity’s horns off” referring to their biggest rival, The University of Texas at Austin’s longhorn mascot. Why saw off their horns? Cattle and oxen raise their horns in a show of pride and power, especially to resist having a yoke put on them. A yoke is used to have oxen work together in pairs to help carry a load. The ox might raise its horns and stiffen its neck to fight against the master rather than submit to the unwanted demand. If the Aggies win the game, they “saw Varsity’s horns off–short” by cutting their pride to the quick.
When was the last time you got a stiff, arrogant neck with God? You shook your fist at Him in disdain and yelled, “I don’t need You! I’m doing this my way!” Maybe you were more subtle and quietly, sweetly disobeyed through omission while dressing up, going to church, and taking communion on Sunday.
God has no use for contemptuous self-promotion or passive-aggressive rebellion. Submit your plans, desires, and dreams to Him and take on the yoke He has custom-designed to carry with you.
“He has no use for conceited people, but shows favor to those who are humble.”
Proverbs 3:34 GNT