“God, who is faithful, will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able.”—1 Cor. 10:13.
“We were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life.”—2 Cor. 1:8.
The ability in the former of these passages, and the strength in the latter, are far from being the same. The one is expressive of that Divine support which the Lord has promised to give to his servants under all their trials; the other of the power which we possess naturally as creatures. We may be tried beyond this, as all the martyrs have been, and yet not beyond the other. The outward man may perish, while the inward man is renewed day by day.