The Power of the Yud

Day 7 of the Book of Mysteries by Jonathan Cahn

The teacher led me out into the desert ravine where we sat down in the sand, face to face. He picked up a stick, and, with the slightest of movements, created the smallest of marks in the sand.

“This can change your life,” he said.

“An apostrophe?”

“A yud.”

“What’s a yud?”

“A yud is a letter, the smallest of the Hebrew letters…barely more than a dot, so small you could miss it. From the letter yud came the Roman letters I and J. And from the yud came the Greek letter iota.

“As in, ‘not one iota’…?”

“Yes, or as in ‘not one jot’. It all comes from the same tiny letter.”

” So it’s the smallest of all letters. Why is it significant?”

“That’s the point…as the smallest of letters, it is the most significant. It is the yud that begins the greatest and most sacred of Hebrew words: the sacred Name of God, YHVH, begins with a yud. The land of God, Israel, begins with a yud in Hebrew – Yisrael. The city of God, Jerusalem, begins with a yud – Yerushalayim. And the Name Jesus, Yeshua in Hebrew, begins as well with a yud.”

“And what does it all mean?”

“The greatest of words begin with the smallest of letters. In the same way, the greatest of God’s works begin with the smallest of strokes. Life itself begins on a scale so small it can’t even be seen. It’s the secret of the yud.”

“And how does one apply it?”

“We are called to the new and to change. But by nature we avoid both newness and change. So how do you change? How do you go from a life of failure to a life of victory? It’s an overwhelming prospect. So how do you do it? With the yud. You start by taking the yud of steps, the smallest of steps but toward the greatest of changes. You don’t start out with a great victory, but you take the yud, one small action, one little step toward that great victory. You take that one step, that yud of courage, that iota of change, that smallest stroke of new beginnings, the yud of the life you’re called to live. You begin the greatest of things with the smallest of strokes. You begin by applying the secret of the yud.”

The Mission: Today, take the smallest of actions, but in a new direction, the first step toward the life of victory you’re called to live – the yud of a new journey.

Job 8:7; Acts 3:4-9


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