Now Jacob heard that the sons of Laban were saying, “Jacob has taken all that was our father’s, and from what was our father’s he has gained all this wealth.”
The first Old Testament use of glory is found in today’s verse, translated as “wealth.” The King James Version actually reads: “And of that which was our father’s hath he gotten all this glory.”
One’s glory and esteem is certainly related to one’s wealth. We easily look up to those who are rich and have many possessions, while we easily look down on those who have hardly anything. Who are on the front covers of the various magazines? They are not the Joe schmo’s of society. Fame is generally related to one’s bank account—the more riches, the more glory. It’s like one who has won the marathon—he receives the glory for winning. The one who is the richest has the most glory of them all. That’s why we have the famous Forbes’ list.
When we consider this reality in relation to God, we have the One who is most glorious: “The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein” (Ps. 24:1)—“The world and its fullness are mine” (Ps. 50:12). Or as God stated to Job: “Whatever is under the whole heaven is mine” (Job 41:11).
All the riches of the entire Forbes’ list belong to God. He owns it all. When we go through life and see everything under heaven, we have to realize that it all belongs to God! Whether the hills, the oceans, the flowers, the animals, the buildings, or the people themselves, they all belong to Him and are part of His glory—the glory of His possessions and wealth.
Author of “An Unfathomable Gift!”