Randos of the Bible 

Going over a guest list with Maggie for Phillip’s 30th birthday party. Standard groups. College friends, Work friends, Church friends… and then she said,  “And then there are the randos.”  It took me a second to realize that she was talking about random people who don’t necessarily belong to a group.

And so I wondered if this was really a word, or just something Maggie and Phillip had come up with on their own.

Google.

Urban Dictionary.

Yep, it’s a real thing, ya’ll…

Top Definition: RANDO – a random person or thing

jane: how was the party last night?

john: ah, pretty good but there were a bunch of randos there.

Obviously a shortened form of the word random.

random – lacking a definite plan, purpose, or pattern; proceeding, made, or occurring without definite aim, reason, or pattern

I love that God is NOT RANDOM, ya’ll. He is not “lacking a definite plan.” I love that He has a plan and that He is always making that plan work. God is not a disconnected, distant deity, but rather a close, connected and caring Father.

See how great a love the Father hath bestowed on us? That we should be called the children of God. And such we are.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1 John 3:1

There’s a story in the Bible about an unnamed archer involved in a battle. Apparently this guy pulls out an arrow, puts it in the bow and then releases it to “randomly” go and find its target. Didn’t aim, just shot.

Do you know what the arrow did?  It killed the king. Ahab, the bad guy king, got killed by a random arrow that was shot into the air. That arrow found a space in his armor and slipped right in…right between the metal meant to protect the king, this arrow found the king’s heart.

Killed him.

Random arrow? I don’t think so.

But someone drew his bow at random and hit the king of Israel between the sections of his armor… So the king died and was brought to Samaria, and they buried him there.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       1 Kings 22: 34, 37

Now, I don’t know what this archer guy was trying to do. It could be that he was so scared in the middle of battle that he was just pulling out arrows and shooting them as fast as he could. Or I suppose he could have gotten down to the last arrow in his quiver, but not having a particular target, still wanted to shoot it. Maybe he wanted to spend all of his ammunition in his zeal for victory. Maybe he wanted to give it all he had.  We don’t know why he did it, the Bible only tells us that he did. He let the arrow fly and the king died.

Nothing is random in this world. God is in control of it all. He did not start the world spinning on its axis and then leave. Scripture tells us that He is intimately acquainted with all our ways. Job tells us that the Lord knows where every lightening bolt will strike. Nothing is random.

Can you send out lightning bolts, and they go? Do they report to you: “Here we are”?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Job 38:35

 

He covers His hands with lightning and commands it to hit its mark.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Job 36:32                                 

The Lord wants to provide victory in our lives. He wants us to triumph over evil. He is ordering our steps this day. Your life is not random, God has a plan for you. Trust that He knows what He is doing. Because He surely does. Even in the middle of our most unsettled days, the Lord is present and involved.

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