Nahum 1:3 reads “The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.”
The last part of Nahum 1:2 states that the Lord is furious (against his enemies) but the first part of Nahum 1:3 (this verse) states that the Lord is slow to anger. It is very important for us to see the contrast, because it establishes that though the Lord is furious, he is not in a fit of rage and anger, for the Lord is slow to anger and great in power. He alone is a great God (Psalm 86:10). Anger and power are a deadly combination when both are left uncontrolled. The prophet here makes it abundantly clear that though God will hold the wicked accountable, his anger is not baseless and that he is in total control of how to deal with each one. Had it been that God was quick to anger and great in power, we would not stand a chance, but thanks be to God that he is slow to anger despite his power.
Points to ponder:
What a solace it is to recognize that God is slow to anger, despite his power. Let us not continue to follow after idols and things that are not God and provoke him. Let us love the Lord our God, with ALL of our heart, with ALL of our soul, with ALL of our strength and with ALL of our mind (Luke 10:27).
Nahum 1:3 (KJV)
3 The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lordhath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.