How stinky the prison in which Joseph sat.
He ended up there because some lady rat
Accused him of doing what no man should do.
She said he attacked her, but that was not true.
But in that foul hole, this young man found release
From her accusations through THE prince of peace.
Her lies didn’t hurt because God set him free
So that he could follow his true destiny.
Jeremiah the prophet was tossed in a pit,
And sank in the muck where men left him to sit,
Because they did not want to heed what he said.
That’s why they decided he needed that bed.
Imagine him mourn as they lower him down,
Bemoaning the evil that stinks up his town.
“Repent of old mindsets that offer no glee
And you won’t be harmed by this captivity.”
The officials determined to starve him to death,
But he looked to God, who had given him breath.
Then up from above – was it manna? Not quite.
How stinky the rags that enabled his flight!
They didn’t smell pretty yet helped rescue him
From being shut up in that prison so dim.
For, those who love freedom must deal with the stench
Of soul-binding fetters that make their guts wrench.
See Lazarus leaving his now-empty tomb,
Wrapped up like a mummy, with so little room
To walk or to move or to breathe out a word.
Martha said, “It’ll smell,” and I think they all heard
Jesus say, “Take the stinky stuff off. Set him free.”
What stench! Hold your nose if you love liberty
That comes when you have faith to move any stone
Which stands in the way of approaching God’s throne.
Though confession be smelly, it helps to reveal
God’s mercy through Christ who has power to heal.
For, consider the man who lived close to some pigs,
While cutting himself among burial digs.
His devils did not smell good, even in pink.
When Christ cast them out, they sure did make a stink.
But Jesus still used it to set the man free.
For, He can use all things to help you and me. .