54:4 says, “Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life.” Picture a brace or support holding up a wall during construction. That is the meaning of the word “upholder.” This brace keeps the wall from falling. In fact, if there were no brace, the wall would always fall. The brace keeps the wall upright where it’s supposed to be.
Science tells us that a wall or any object placed upright on one end has what is called “stored gravity” or gravitational potential energy. Gravitational potential energy is the energy stored in an object as the result of its vertical position or height. What that means is that any object so standing will inevitably fall if pushed to its “tipping point.”
Do you see God as your brace? Are you always aware that it is not your own power or strength that allows you to stand? Are you conscious of that “gravitational potential energy” in you known as the principle of sin that dwells within us (Romans 7:15-20)? Yes, every one of us when tempted (pushed toward our tipping point) will fall were it not for the fact that God is holding us up. He is our “upholder,” our brace, our support.
Recognize this truth. It is God who is at work within you both to will and to do his good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). Constantly and consciously depend on him to help you stand.
Prayer: Father, were it not for you we would always fall. Thank you that you are faithful to uphold us and to keep us standing. Help us to rely on you and trust in you always for your grace and strength in our lives.