The eaglets would not learn to fly if the mother eagle did not tear up the nest.
Target of Satan
He that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey…
Any man who takes Jesus Christ seriously becomes the target of the devil. Most church members do not give Satan enough trouble to arouse his opposition. This text has been translated, “Anyone who tries a better life is soon attacked” and “He that departeth from evil is accounted mad.” The world’s black sheep do not like white sheep for they show up the contrast. And nothing makes black sheep more comfortable than dirty white sheep! But actually, as our Lord said, we are sheep among wolves. That makes the contrast all the more marked and the opposition still worse.