Jeremiah was preaching to an earlier generation. He accused them of behaving as if God did not pay attention to their misdeeds. Furthermore, they had been listening to the wrong voices.
His words remain applicable to us. We still have to sift through the various points-of-view expressed by the many persons claiming to know what God wants us to do. We, like those ancient Judaeans, must strive to distinguish between false and true prophets. We must continue to wrestle with who is conveying the word of God to us and how we can know.