Think of the workout you attain at the gym. You pay a membership fee every month to go to a room where you push weights. In essence you are overcoming a resistance. As you get stronger, more adept so you increase the weights or the resistance, all the while you muscles are gaining strength, your body is improving, your health improves etc. Initially after a heavy workout you "break down muscles" and the repair process begins. The repair process hurts. The pain normally lasts for two to three days and then you go back to hurt yourself some more. Sound familiar?
Spiritually speaking, speaking we get a work out in the heavenly gym. When so called 'bad things happen' we overcome through endurance healing and faith. As our faith incraeses so does the "weight" of the obstacle. Bigger faith muscles require bigger obstacles to overcome.
The church always thrives under oppression. Bad things are best viewed through the paradigm of being a spiritual gym. Your membership was paid in full by Christ on Calvary. You have a "free ride" to this new spiritual gym, but unlike normal physical gyms, you do not get to choose when you are going to workout. You get to workout everyday whether it's convenient or not. Unlike conventional gyms, the workouts occur whether you are ready or not.
The bible says to be ready in season and out of season. (Paul speaking to Timothy). Bad things are simply weights that we endure, overcome and then proceed to the next level spiritually.
So then why do we even need pastors? Well, the personal trainer at the gym helps you with diet (correct diet is required to gain muscle and grow) as well as the best form to increase your muscle strength. Pastors are simply personal trainers. Their role is to encourage you to push through the resistance, listen to the right teachings so as to increase your faith, and empower you to over come. Pastors equip the believer for the next level.
Be blessed beloved as you grow in the heavenly gym.