Straight from the beginning of Daniel we find out that Daniel is a man who puts God first. Forget what everyone else thinks, forget what his mates thinks, Daniel will do what is right in the eyes of God. It’s not important whether its right to eat certain foods or not today. What is important is Daniel believed that God wanted him to behave in a certain way, and the King wanted him to behave in another way. Let me say that again more clearly. Daniel had a choice, he felt God say to act one way and everyone else around him said that he should behave in the opposite way. Does that ring a bell? Do you ever feel God is asking you to behave one way whilst your mates demand that you behave in another way to be accepted into their group? Note how Daniel doesn’t get uptight and tell the head of the palace to forget it. No Daniel calmly stands strong, holds on to God and asks the head of the palace to consider his request. Now Daniel can use this as an opportunity to explain to the king’s staff why he wants to honour God. When we are asked to do things that we know are not Gods plans for us how do we react? Do we make excuses? Do we tell people how bad they are? Or do we use it as an opportunity to explain why we think that God would have us do something different? In another part of the bible we are told to be in the world but not of the world. That simply means that we can hang around with people who are not yet Christians, but should not act like people who are not yet Christians. Daniel is a great example of what it is to hang round with people who don’t know Jesus, but to show them that following Jesus is different, and better.