by Jeff Schreve

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How Did I Get in This Pit? (2 of 7)
Series: Dreams and Detours
Jeff Schreve
Genesis 37:12-36

A man was in college. He was taking a class, Ornithology class. It's a study of birds. And he had a professor that was notorious for giving really, really hard final exams. And so this guy was nervous about his final, and he studied his brains out. And he felt like, Okay, I'm in pretty good shape for this final exam. He gets to the testing place. And the teacher gives the test. And it was a weird kind of test. It wasn't what he was prepared for. The teacher put twenty-five pictures of birds' feet on the wall. And from the feet they had to tell what kind of bird it was. Well, this guy, who had studied and studied and studied, hadn't studied that. And so he looked at that and he just couldn't make heads or tails of it. He said, ''I have no idea.'' And he got so mad. And he just stood up and said, ''This is ridiculous! This is ridiculous! I'm not doing this.'' And the teacher said, ''This is the test. You're going to do it.'' And he said, ''No, I'm not going to do it.'' He said, ''Well, if you don't do it, I'm going to fail you.'' And the kid said, ''All right, then, go ahead and fail me.'' He said, ''All right, I'll fail you. What's your name?'' He lifted up his pants leg. He said, ''You tell me!'' (laughter).

Some tests are harder than others. Tests are part of life, a part of school and some tests are long, and some tests are hard, and some tests are really more like pits, deep, dark pits. Everyone in life will experience some pit situations.

We're in a study on the life of Joseph. And one of the things we find out very quickly in the life of Joseph is that Joseph had his fair share, maybe more than his fair share, of pit experiences.

Hey, pit experiences hit everybody. And they can come, as they came in Joseph's life, just like that. When you least expect it, the bottom can drop out. Something can happen. Even driving home from church today, a major acci ...

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