Daniel could discern the fact that Babylonian culture was in conflict with the Word of God, and he had the maturity and moral courage to say a firm "no" to cultural pressures. Involved in this is the clear implication that Daniel was a keen student of the Scriptures and that he had the ability to apply what he knew to the problems of his daily life.
God vindicated Daniel and honored him greatly because he stood by his convictions. God always does!
Dare to be a Daniel
Dare to stand alone!
Dare to have a purpose firm,
Dare to make it known!
~Condensed from Daniel: God's Man in a Secular Society by Donald K. Campbell
~Moments for You, Vol. 57, #2