Love suffers long… – 1 Corinthians 13:4
Since He loves us with an everlasting love, God is long suffering. It is not His will that any one should perish. He is not dragging His feet but He wants as many people as possible to come to Him before Jesus returns. Time after time God has been patient with His people, giving them opportunity after opportunity to turn from their sinful lives. His love for them would not permit Him to pass judgment before giving them a chance to repent.
He is the father in the story of the prodigal son. The son took his inheritance and left home. He soon squandered it with his partying. Realizing what he had left behind, he decided to return home. His father saw him coming and ran to meet him. During the time his son was away, the father hoped that he would return. He waited patiently, looking out for him each day until finally he saw him in the distance.
God waits patiently for sinners to come to Him. He is waiting for those like the prodigal son who once enjoyed a relationship with him but allowed worldly interests to draw him away and He is waiting for those who have never had a relationship with Him. His love would not permit Him to do otherwise. His love is patient and longsuffering.