If God is a giver then the devil must be a taker. Isn’t that how the devil was designed, to be the opposite of everything that is good and righteous? So what happens when he takes all that you have and it’s not enough?
I stumbled across this expression while reading (as you may have guessed, a Paranormal Romance). It’s an old expression dating back to the early 16th century. Its full line is, “They run all away, and cry, ‘the devil take the hindmost. ’”
The meaning behind this saying is ‘take all that you can because the devil will take the rest.’ It talks directly to greed and what others would call good business.
But I think it’s deeper and darker than greed and it has nothing to do with good business. Why would the devil worry over what’s left behind. There’s no evil in taking what’s meant for last.
I think you’ll find this expression fits better when you feel the real weight of its burden. Like when you let a situation go too far and too long with no true resolution… And when you finally have the strength or enough courage to make a decision, it’s between two wrongs. A decision in which it makes no difference whether you turn left or right because in either case there will be steep consequences.
My favorite and definitely most personal is Temptation. You live a good life. You try to do right by your neighbors and treat others the way you want to be treated. Yet, there it is on your job staring you in the face, or at the grocery store behind the counter, or at a place I dare not name… It’s the very thing your soul craves. You try with all of your might to ignore this craving or itch, but it won’t stop. Rather, it haunts you continuously. Again you are polite and you fight this temptation and deny your desires. But no matter how many times you deny it’s presence, it’s still there, speaking to you and calling your name in a place that no one can hear but you.
And that’s when you say,
The Devil takes it….
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