But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. Now God had brought Daniel into the favor and goodwill of the chief of the eunuchs. And the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, “I fear my lord the king, who has appointed your food and drink. For why should he see your faces looking worse than the young men who are your age? Then you would endanger my head before the king.” So Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. “Then let our appearance be examined before you, and the appearance of the young men who eat the portion of the king’s delicacies; and as you see fit, so deal with your servants.” So he consented with them in this matter, and tested them ten days. And at the end of ten days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king’s delicacies. Thus the steward took away their portion of delicacies and the wine that they were to drink, and gave them vegetables. (Dan 1:8-16 NKJ)
Daniel and the other young men from the Royal household now found themselves in captivity. As soon as they arrived in Babylon, they were emasculated and became eunuchs. Nebuchadnezzar wanted to protect his household, but for these Jewish boys, there was no return to Jerusalem and the temple, the Law excluded eunuchs from worship. (Lev 21)
Daniel could have settled into a comfortable lifestyle, good food, wine, and all the creature comforts. Daniel, however, decided that he wasn’t going to compromise his faith. He had given up so much, but he would never give up on God, because God hadn’t given up on him.