V 1-2, 6-7 “Now there was a certain man of Ramathaimzophim, of mount Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephrathite: And he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children. And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb. And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the LORD, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat”.
The initial story of Hannah was that she was barren. To compound issues for her, her adversary taunted her due to her barrenness. It wasn’t a palatable story for her.
Hannah had been enduring the ugly situation till she couldn’t take it anymore and she cried to God in deep agony of soul, V 9-11 “So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the LORD. And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore. And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head”.
The Lord heard her cry, granted her petition and her story changed. When her story changed, her name changed too. The person that was called barren before is now called fruitful! 1John 5:14-15 “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him”; whatever is not giving you joy is not a good story and it must change. Approach the throne of grace and ask God to change your story.
Prayer point: Father Lord, as You changed the story of Hannah and gave her a new name, Lord change my story too in Jesus’ name.