I trust you understand that God is omniscient—all knowing; He know everything that can be known—and that He enjoys omnipresence, which is the quality of being everywhere present at the same time. The Psalmist, in 139:7–10, said, “Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”
God has all these qualities and more, including compassion, fairness, kindness, forgiveness, and love. So why doesn’t He prevent tornados, earthquakes, collisions, train derailments, collapsed buildings, and tsunamis from occurring and killing thousands of people, including faithful believers and followers of Jesus Christ? There is one answer—randomness! Something God created when He created the universe!
A random event takes place haphazardly without any definite or deliberate purpose, aim, intention, or method; yet, people often blame God. But God does not kill people for no reason; God is love. He will not kill your wife or husband, even were you to ask Him. The tsunami that took place in South East Asia was a random event. The earthquake in California was a random event. And the meteor that the meteorologists are predicting to whiz past Earth this coming September or October will no doubt be a vivid example of randomness—believe it or not!
When you think about it, randomness is difficult to comprehend. Random events just happen. They are not caused by the sins of mankind; nor are they acts of God. They are realities similar to momentum, gravity, and chance. Remember when Jesus said, in Luke 13:4, “Those eighteen men who died when the tower of Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty [of sin] than all the others living in Jerusalem. I tell you—No!” And don’t forget Ecclesiastes 9:11: “Time and chance happens to them all.” We just have to live with it.
Stanley Roberts, Sr.