The book of Daniel is about young people living faithfully during a time of exile. They are taken away from what is comfortable and familiar, and placed in an environment that seeks to pressure and entice them away from God’s purposes and calling. They display courageous resistance and a faith that is proven real when tested by fire. They had encountered a God who was larger than the threats they faced and more worthy and rewarding than the idols of their age. Today, we may not live in Babylon and face lions or furnaces. But we live in a culture that is always seeking to shape us.