I think the more important question is, what do you believe in otherwise zim?
Destiny/Fate (Divine or not)?
And why blame the Devil?
I say yes it is relatively random, if you are using it as a counterpoint against some sort of manipulation (be it by God or through choices).
Otherwise, as TigerTim says, events are all interconnected. There is always cause and effect, cycles, patterns, etc that it is not at all impossible that if given omniscience, then we could probably predict everything. Problem is we can't know everything which is why there are fields like probability or logic etc. To at least know what little we can by studying patterns or tracing paths and measurable values. It's prediction in a way. Even most of the seemingly spontaneous events that can disrupt patterns, if you look back far enough you'll see they are also part of a larger pattern. So no, probably nothing is 'random' in the scale we are talking about, from the nanosecond-long frantic game of billiards of the smallest of subatomic particles to the billion-year dance of the stars. However, they may be truly random events that spark all of this off, so yes it will still be random in a sense.
However, belief in supernatural destiny is a different matter. It implies that everything has to follow a set path by the command of someone or something - i.e. set, unchangeable, inevitable, linear. Asides from being a rather blatant contradiction to 'free will' supposedly given by God, it's very easy to fall into false logic with this. A coincidence becomes destiny, a missed or misfired connection from stimulus becomes Deja Vu, a seemingly higher incidence of one event in correlation with another becomes evidence of divine intervention, temporarily unexplainable phenomena become miracles. The fallacy of this, is that we tend to ignore the fact that these happen very rarely.
One of my sisters and my Mom is kinda like this. They're big believers of Feng Shui and old-wives' tales among other things (as well as being devout Catholics, go figure). For example, if a bird flies into the house, they go frantic trying to let it out because it is said that it's an omen of death. Doesn't matter that in the dozens of times this has happened no one has died soon after.
Same with soulmates. Whenever we see someone really suited for each other, we say they are soulmates. And yet we ignore the fact that soulmates are probably breaking up with each other everyday, and then we shrug and say 'then they were probably not soulmates'. Don't you see the sheer contradiction in that. How then can you determine soulmates?
The same false correlation is used in fortune telling. Notice that they use the broadest and most ambiguous terms possible? Ladies and gentlemen, Sylvia Brown:
The woman who got rich by taking advantage of the gullibility of people.
And then there are the hippie psychics who tell you of your past lives, that you were Cleopatra in your past reincarnation. I mean, come on! She probably says that to everyone she 'mediums' for, because she knows no other historical figure other than Cleopatra and Jesus Christ. And then there's the erm.. postponed doomsday prophecies, the elaborate rituals said to bring about a certain event which fails miserably (so they'd have to sacrifice a virgin to appease the gods and do the ritual again), or the daily zodiac predictions which really only fits vaguely (if ever) about once every 2 years, etc.
Consider one thing. Everything eventually comes back to your own filter of perception. Gullibility often comes from an innate desire to want to believe. Regardless of the fact that there ARE legitimate studies on these, and they may contradict your own deductions. Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense
Note how common sense is also part of it. Not only your own beliefs. Objectivity in wanting to know the truth requires not only others to be honest to you, but you to be honest to yourself.
If you want
to see signs, you will
see signs... everywhere! I only hope that you'll realize how ridiculous it is when you start counting the number of blue cars passing by in the span of 5 minutes as indication of how many babies you will have someday, or when you click send on the hundredth make-a-wish-to-Momma-Mary-and-send-this-to-40-other-people-to-make-it-come-true chain emails.