Ex 33:7+…34:10 And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face
Was Moses a special friend of God because of a sin-free life? No, in fact he was a murderer (Ex. 2:12). Was it that he was a great intellectual and strategic leader? No, he had lead no one before his first special call from God (Ex. 3:4). Was it that he was a great orator? No, he was “slow of speech;” he had to have his brother go with him to speak for him (Ex. 4:10). Was he a go-getter, highly motivated, egotistic politician? No, he wanted God to send someone else (Ex. 4:13). Then what was he that God called him for such a high calling? He was born into a courageous family who trained him in the ways of God. He had opportunity to flourish among the rich and famous but chose rather to suffer with God’s people (Heb. 11:25). He became a wanderer and vagabond who was kind-hearted to the people in a foreign land, Midian (Ex. 2:19), where he dwelt for forty years. When God needed an educated man who knew the culture of the Egyptians, who was hardened to the rigors of wilderness living, who was trained and knowledgeable about the God of the Israelites, and who had a heart for the hurting, he called Moses. Notice that Moses must have been spending some time with God while he was in Midian. At least, when God called from the burning bush, Moses recognized His voice, and he trusted enough to obediently remove his shoes and “turn aside” to the bush (Ex. 3:2-6). He also had a reverent fear of God (Ex. 3:7).
In the books of Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers the phrase “and the Lord spake unto Moses” occur 73 times in addition to other times when the Lord spoke to both Moses and Aaron. This indicates a lot of interaction between God and Moses. Moses must have had time with God high in his priorities!