Perhaps I (among many others, maybe you too) have misunderstood patience as "an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay" (as the dictionary defines it)--the good grace to wait for others to accompany you--but 'research elsewhere' reveals that that's more of a P.C., 'handling with kid-gloves' meaning of the word.
Etymonline reveals that's its pure meaning is closer to 'willingness to suffer'---reminding me that the King James Version of the Holy Bible uses the words "long-suffering" where many later versions translate 'patience.' Etymonline refers to an entry in Ambrose Bierce's The Devil's Dictionary where patience is called "
A minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue."
And personal experience reveals that people usually won't practice patience unless they have to. I'm very-frustrated with people who haven't practiced patience for me
(a Traumatic Brain-Injury overcomer who therefore is not quite 'up to speed'), but I'm just as guilty of the impatience that power brings! When I've got 'my goals' in sight (not necessarily "my glory" and "my profits etc.," but more 'where I
need to be and what I
need to do') and when I've got the power to be there and to do them adequately, I don't have any problem going and doing them and going-on regardless
of any others who wanted to be there with
That--you could say--proves that God is not all-powerful. Oh, God could
be all-powerful--and God is definitely
more-powerful than any mortal being!--but God chooses
to give us "free will"---the right to be wrong (if we so choose ... not to say "it's good
to be wrong," but rather that 'we are good because we choose
to be right!')
And God is
patient in that God is 'willing to suffer our choice-to-be-wrong for as long as that choice (in this case that's "keeping God's glory for ourselves") is ours to make!'