God is under no limitations or restrictions that come to him from the outside. God never gets stuck in traffic. No force controls him, but himself. He never has to wait for anything. He chooses patience. He chooses to wait for our full glorification. He chooses to postpone the full vindication of his glory and power. He chooses to experience the stumbling and foolishness of his people and the blasphemy of his enemies. He chooses patience, not because he has to, but because he wants to. He even chooses to be patient with impatient people. Why does he want to?
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. 1 Timothy 1:16
He chooses to be patient to display his mercy, to reveal his love, to give time for many to turn to him in repentance. He is patient again and again and again, days innumerable, until the end of time.
Thank you, Lord, for the beauty and marvel of your patience toward us. You patience is truly a wonder to behold.