1 Samuel 1:20 (NKJV)
“…Hannah conceived and bore a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, ‘Because I have asked for him from the Lord.’”
Some may say, “What’s in a name?” and indeed, a name may not matter, neither should it be a point of bondage to anyone because “whom the Son has set free, he is free indeed.” Once you are in Christ, your physical name does not mold you because you bear a heavenly name that no one knows except God Himself. So this devotion is not about us changing names to affect our destinies. But, there’s a place for giving a special name to someone or something as a remembrance or testimony of God’s goodness. If you want to keep God in your thoughts, surround yourself with names that testify of Him. For example, the name you call a person or a place or a thing will always evoke a memory and a thought, and if the name is a positive God-glorifying name, then your thoughts will be infused with the memories of God’s faithfulness ever more often.
Hannah called her son, SAMUEL because she had asked the Lord for a son, and He had heard her cry. Every time she calls his name, Samuel, she would also remember God’s Almighty Who came to her rescue. Let’s therefore develop the good habit of marking our journey with God by placing around us, names that draw us closer to Him.