They must be burned into us with the hot iron of affliction!
"Before I was afflicted I went astray — but now I obey Your Word." Psalm 119:67
"It was good for me to be afflicted — so that I might learn Your decrees." Psalm 119:71
Most of the great truths of God have to be learned through trials! They must be burned into us with the hot iron of affliction, otherwise we shall not truly receive them.
"I know, O Lord, that Your laws are righteous — and in faithfulness You have afflicted me." Psalm 119:75
"God disciplines us for our good — that we may share in His holiness!" Hebrews 12:10