Why did God allow Jonah to be swallowed by the great fish?
Was the Lord “getting even” with Jonah for running the other way?
God was chastening, or disciplining, Jonah because Jonah was His child. It’s the same reason God chastens us: because He loves us.
Hebrews 12:6 says, “The Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son” (NIV).
Understand that God is not looking to “get even” with us for our disobedience. God already “got even” at the cross, when Jesus died in our place.
No, the chastening that Jonah experienced was because God loved Jonah.
Know this: God’s chastening is preparation for a future task. It tells us that He has something more for us to do.
Jonah had a big work to do, so there was a big storm, a big fish, and essentially a big spanking!
So if you are in deep waters right now, take it as a sign God loves you, and that He is not finished with you yet.